UO launched the ‘ECOchallenge’ in 2011 based on Northwest Earth Institute’s model. The idea is simple: challenge yourself to lower your environmental impact for one week and share your experience online. Participants chose a topic area such as reducing water or energy consumption or craft a customized initiative for themselves. The web-based platform provided extra motivation as well as an opportunity to share insights about new habits and the struggles of changing behavior.

The Office of Sustainability and partners hosted the ECOchallenge during Earth Week. Hundreds of participants including community leaders, students, administrators, local talk show hosts, and even kids took the challenge.

Why did you participate in ECOchallenge?