Week 3: April 24-30

Water and Food

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The third and final week!!

Are you ready for the home stretch? Let's end this EcoChallenge with a strong push toward a more just and sustainable planet!

Don't forget, this week will have THREE individual winners and ONE overall high-scoring winning team!

Have a great week, EcoChallengers!


Learn from one or more of the resources below. Each activity earns you 5 points.

1. Learn about the conservation, biodiversity, and management of your local watershed. Have you ever thought about where your drinking water comes from? Also, make sure to check out the watershed slideshow for some really cool pictures of your water source!

2. Take this quiz to test your food literacy knowledge!

3. Attend the event "News from Lake Ozette: The Power of Place in Shaping a Life of Poetry, Natural History Writing and Environmental Activism"


WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 1:30PM

WHERE: Bannan 402

  • Poet, essayist and award-winning natural history writer Tim McNulty will discuss and read from his work reflecting four decades of living, working and writing on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, and explore his political engagement in working to protect its wilderness, forests and watersheds. For more information contact Rob Efird at efirdr@seattleu.edu.

4. Read "Returning Native Seeds to Their Roots" from Civil Eats and learn about rematriating native seeds to allow Native American communities to collect, plant, and trade foods that strengthen their heritage.

5. Attend Climate Science on Tap's panel discussion on Global Warming and Rising Seas


WHEN: Monday, April 24, 7-8:30PM

WHERE: Naked City Brewery

  • Enjoy a beer and tasty food, while learning the science of rising global sea levels along with adaptation responses needed. Presenters will be oceanographer LuAnne Thompson, Director of UW's Program on Climate Change; Seattle Public Utilities Climate Adaptation Specialist James Rufo-Hill and Colin Wahl, Environmental Scientist for the Tulalip Tribes. Learn more.

6. Attend the CEJS Faculty Fellows Presentation Brown Bag lunch


WHEN: Tuesday, April 25, 12:30-1:30PM

WHERE: Wyckoff Auditorium (ENGR 200)

  • CEJS Faculty Fellows Dr. Quan Le and Dr. Shiny Abraham will present their research. Dr. Le will discuss the collaboration of Seattle University and Nicaraguan smallholder cooperatives in bringing the Fair Trade and Organic Coffee Café Ambiental to campus and the broader community. Dr. Abraham’s talk will focus on the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology to build and deploy smart, connected sensors that provide continuous monitoring of air, water, and soil quality. Learn more.


Support groups who are working towards solutions by attending an event or advocating for their campaigns. Each activity earns you 5 points.

1. Take the Protect Our Waters Pledge from Washington State's Department of Ecology. Click on the links in the pledge to learn more about the different actions you can take.

2. Attend the Plant & Veggie Sale AND Compost Give-Away

WHEN: Friday, April 28, 10:00AM-2:00PM

WHERE: CLMB Greenhouse Yard at 13th and E. Cherry St.

  • Support SU's Food with Spirit student club! Shop for plants, learn about growing your own food, and receive a FREE bag of compost "freshly" made from pre-consumer food waste right here on SU campus. There will be all sorts of plant starts for sale (around 1500 plants!). The prices will range from $0.50 to $2.00 and the options will range from tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants to lettuces, flowers and herbs. The event is hosted by SU's Food With Spirit club and SU's Grounds and Recycling Departments! The event ends when all plants are sold, so try to come early! Contact janicem@seattleu.edu with any questions and learn more here.

3. Enjoy a good meal at FareStart and make a difference in our community. Poverty is a perpetual cycle—especially for people who are homeless, in recovery, or previously incarcerated. For them, finding and keeping a job is a huge struggle. FareStart helps people overcome the barriers to employment by developing the work and life skills they need to have lifelong careers.

4. Pledge to eliminate food deserts with the Sierra Club Fair Table Campaign. Their goal is to ensure that agriculture is carried out in an environmentally sound manner that protects the land, water, and workers who are the backbone of the system. Read more about their goals here.

5. Watch the film AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock about "some of the many stories of the Native-led resistance that forever changed the way people approach the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and fighting fossil fuel infrastructure." The film is available to stream online here. To support their efforts, donate between $1-100 to watch the film. All proceeds from the film will go to the Indigenous Media Fund and Pipeline Fighters Fund.

6. Watch this Grassroots 101 Workshop video from Washington Environmental Council. Watch from 17:20-24:00 to learn how to call your legislators or watch the entire workshop video (50 minutes) to learn how to organize a rally, tell your story, and be an effective activist.


Filling out the EcoChallenge Tracking Sheet is 5 points and if you improve from Week 2, that's another 5 points!

In Week 1, we challenged you to track your spending and your food & water consumption habits on the "EcoChallenge Tracking Sheet." Keep on tracking this last week of the EcoChallenge... and note any improvements!

Can't find the tracking sheet from Week 1? No worries, just download it again.

  • Click here to download your "EcoChallenge Tracking Sheet."
  • Save the Excel file to your own computer: go to File -> Download as
  • As the week progresses, populate the week's column with your totals or answers in each area.

NOTE: The Tracking Sheet does not need to be submitted to us. The information you enter on the sheet is for your personal benefit. We just challenge you to fill it out; improve from your baseline (Week 1); and to answer questions about your consumption behavior in your scorecard.


Your chance to earn BIG this week: 10 points for the one and only SHARE activity this week.

1. Group photo of this year's ECOCHALLENGERS at SU's Earth Labyrinth

WHEN: Thursday, April 27 at 1:00PM

WHERE: Lawn on the west side of the ADMIN Building: SU's Earth Labyrinth

  • Come out for a group photo with your fellow EcoChallengers. Bring your team and we'll take some fun pics! We'll meet at the Earth Labyrinth created by SU Grounds. (Grounds will mow a labyrinth onto the lawn on the west side of the ADMN building. It will be open on April 24th and closing when it is no longer visible on the lawn. People are invited to walk the labyrinth. This self-serve contemplative activity during Earth week invites labyrinth walkers to connect with the beauty and gifts offered by the earth and initiate a reflection on the importance of caring for our natural world).


Completing this challenge will earn you 10 points.

The theme for May at CEJS is "Get Outside...Sustainably!" If you enjoy the outdoors, whether that means relaxing in a sunny park or hiking miles into the backcountry, we want to see your photos of it. Submit one photo you took in the outdoors for 10 points and a chance to be featured on the CEJS website and the OAR website for the month of May. Remember to always practice Leave No Trace principles when enjoying outdoor spaces!

Please email your submission to cejsintern@gmail.com anytime before 11:59PM on Monday, May 1st.


Make sure to submit your LAST scorecard by 11:59PM Monday, May 1st!

(PLEASE NOTE: Scorecards are not saveable so be ready to complete your scorecard in its entirety.)