I am new at all of this. Eco-Challenges, well, this whole site really, have been something that I have wanted to do for years. It is only now that I have finally found the time to give it my all. Though probably needless to say, there is a lot of self-consciousness, doubt, and self-criticism that comes along with trying to see your dreams become reality. The first Eco-Challenge was a trial by fire to say the least. It felt a lot like staring at a map without a key. All-in-all, it ended a success with 24 participants, 3.5 thousand pounds of CO2 saved, 162 pounds of waste diverted, and 6.3 thousand gallons of water saved. At the time the challenge ended, there were only 9 members in ‘The Wild Life’ community.

Now, the Energy Saver Eco-Challenge has come to an end and I am genuinely excited about the results. First things first, congratulations to Chloe Lazarus for being this IMG_5808month’s challenge and prize winner.  This is actually the second month in a row that she has come out on top. Let’s give her a virtual round of applause, shall we? Since the first challenge ended, ‘The Wild Life’community has grown to 53 members, with 36 people participating in the Energy Saver challenge!

Seriously, good job everyone. Your efforts helped prevent 4,514 lbs of CO2 from being released. To put that into perspective, that is the same amount released by powering 3 homes for a month, keeping a fridge cold for 1,390 days, baking 3,965 frozen pizzas, or powering a hot tub for 400 hours.

We had the same impact has planting 52 trees by simply being mindful of how we use energy.

This Eco-Challenge certain had its own hiccups along the way as I continued to find my footing. That’s why I am excited to say that this next challenge will be the best so far.

The Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Eco-Challenge will begin on March 9th. Same prize. Same rules.

Here’s where it will be a different and better challenge compared to the past. The Wild Life will have far more content in relation to this month’s theme aimed to help you along, share ideas, and push you to reflect. I’m kicking of the month by hosting a neighborhood clean-up in, well, my neighborhood on April 1st and sharing the results and how to host your own event. Aprils Book Club read is Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan. The book is over a decade old but is just as relevant today as it was upon its release. I’ll also be starting up my compost bin again using the vermiculture method and sharing the DIY instructions and everything you need to know to be successful with your own. My wife and I will be taking on the Mason Jar Challenge where we compete with each other to see if we can fit a week’s worth of personal trash in a mason jar, and challenging you all to give it your best shot. There will be articles and videos showcasing developments in waste reduction, new technologies, and much more. I’m truly excited for the future of this project and to see what we can accomplish as a community. As always, be happy, be healthy, be the source of change, and live a wild life.

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