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This October, Turn Your Intention Into Action

New Dream is helping to spread the word about the fun and inspiring EcoChallenge presented by the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) each fall.

We encourage you to sign up as a team captain and engage your workplace, school, neighborhood, or community, or join the general NWEI Community Team.

This October, the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) invites you to take on a personal sustainability challenge, and join thousands of other participants as they prove that small actions add up to real change during the 2017 EcoChallenge.

EcoChallenge provides the tools and inspiration to turn intention into action, and gives you an easy, fun way to reduce your impact on the planet while contributing to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future. 

The idea is simple: EcoChallengers choose their challenge, set their goals, and then take action for two weeks. The social support created by participating with thousands of other EcoChallengers, along with friendly competition and earning points for success, help to turn actions into habits over the course of the challenge. The ultimate goal is that EcoChallengers discover that taking action to reduce their impact and improve their communities is simpler than they thought, and sustainable in the long-term. 

NWEI believes change should be fun, and created the EcoChallenge with this in mind. In addition to being fun, EcoChallenge inspires participants to renew their commitment to green living. As Audrey, a participant in the 2015 EcoChallenge, said, “The EcoChallenge gave me a concrete reason to pay attention to what I am doing. I already do quite a few things with the environment in the back of my mind. This helped me get it to the front of my mind. My challenge had to do with energy efficiency, so I had specific goals associated with that. But I also noticed that I was mentally more present when I went to the farmer’s market, put kitchen scraps in the compost pile, bought organic, picked from my garden, saved water, and so forth.” 

EcoChallenge launched in 2010, and over time new categories and actions have been added to give participants even more ways to take action and create an impact. A nature challenge was added in 2015, and in 2016 simplicity and health challenges were added. Participants choose a challenge in the areas of energy, waste, water, transportation, community, simplicity, health, nature, or food ( or “create your own” for those who want to take on a self-designed challenge). 

EcoChallenge is free and open to everyone. They invite anyone looking to make an impact or dive deeper into living sustainably to join the movement at Participants can sign up as a team captain and engage their workplace, school, neighborhood or community, or join the NWEI Community Team. 



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