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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Jacob Highsmith

Deloitte Atlanta

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 452 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    29
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    32
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    8
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    6
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Jacob's Actions

Health and Education

Make School More Affordable

Health and Education

I will raise funds to help make school affordable for girls around the world.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Fund Family Planning

Health and Education

I will donate to supply a community with reproductive health supplies.

Uncompleted
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Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Uncompleted
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Electricity

Rooftop Solar Consultation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

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Electricity

Advocate for Solar Installation

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will create a plan to and advocate for solar installation at my business, apartment building, or campus.

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Electricity

Support Companies Leading in Green Energy

Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics, Distributed Solar Photovoltaics

I will use my spending power to reward companies leading in creating or purchasing green energy and incentivize others to invest more in green energy.

Uncompleted
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Electricity

Support Microgeneration in Low Income Countries

Small Hydropower, Micro Wind Turbines, Microgrids

I will make a donation to a nonprofit that installs microgeneration in low income countries.

Uncompleted
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Electricity

Choose LED Bulbs

LED Lighting

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Uncompleted
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Electricity

Calculate My Carbon Footprint

All Drawdown Solutions

I will calculate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with my household and consider how different lifestyle choices could reduce my negative impact on the environment.

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Electricity

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

Onshore Wind Turbines, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

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Electricity

Spread the Word about Energy Alternatives

All Electricity Solutions

I will research and tell 1 people each day about the benefits of alternative energy sources like wind turbines, solar energy, geothermal energy, and methane digesters.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Buildings

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day or 450 gallons (1,680 L) a month by installing a low-flow showerhead.

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Buildings

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

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Buildings

Replace Manual Thermostats

Smart Thermostats

I will replace manual thermostats with smart ones.

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Buildings

Donate

Improved Clean Cookstoves

I will donate to nonprofits that install clean cookstoves in low-income countries.

Uncompleted
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Buildings

Upgrade My Windows

Insulation

I will upgrade the windows or weatherstripping in my home or office to reduce air leaks and save on energy costs.

Uncompleted
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Buildings

Plan to Insulate

Insulation

I will find out how to make my home more energy efficient through better insulation and weatherization.

Uncompleted
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Health and Education

Explore the Deloitte WorldClimate Hub

Spend 15 minutes browsing the new World Climate Hub website, hosted by Deloitte US Sustainability!

Completed
One-Time Action

Electricity

Learn More About Geothermal Energy

Geothermal Power

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of geothermal energy and consider investing in this technology.

Uncompleted
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Industry

Research Cement Alternatives

Alternative Cement

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching cement alternatives that reduce the carbon footprint of concrete.

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Industry

Choose Recycled Paper

Recycled Paper

I will plan ahead to only use paper products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

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Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

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One-Time Action

Industry

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.

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Industry

Launch a Recycling Program

Recycling

I will set up a recycling center at my workplace or school.

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Industry

Become A Master Recycler/Composter

Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

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Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Advocate For More Packaging Options

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, at work, or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 2 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants

Refrigerant Management

I will spend 5 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links below.

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One-Time Action

Industry

Find a Local Climate-Friendly Supermarket

Refrigerant Management

I will explore the interactive map in the links below to find a supermarket that does not use HFC refrigerants near my home.

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Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Building With Carbon Storing Waste Products

Engineered Sinks

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching how people can build with carbon-storing materials - including agricultural byproducts - and discuss it with my peers in person or by posting to social media.

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Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 5 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Connect With A Nonprofit

Health and Education

I will connect with a local nonprofit working on issues affecting women, girls, and/or trans and nonbinary people in my community, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

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Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

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Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 5 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

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Health and Education

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

Health and Education

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

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Health and Education

Help Students Overcome Health Barriers

Health and Education

I will donate 5 Femme Kit(s) to help people who menstruate overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

Uncompleted
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Transportation

Explore Other Transportation Solutions

All Transportation Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Transportation Solutions.

Uncompleted
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Transportation

Conduct Virtual Meetings

Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Use Muscle Power

Multiple Transportation Solutions

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 5 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars, Efficient Trucks

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles

Uncompleted
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Transportation

Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching and advocating for a comprehensive high speed rail network in my country/region.

Uncompleted
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Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Uncompleted
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Buildings

Learn about the Legacy of Redlining

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning about the legacy of redlining and how city planning and environmental justice issues are interconnected.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

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Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 5 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Uncompleted
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Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 5 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Uncompleted
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Land Sinks

Learn about Temperate Forests

Temperate Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning more about the environmental services provided by and the environmental issues affecting temperate forests.

Uncompleted
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Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

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Land Sinks

Choose Better Wood Products

Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

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Land Sinks

Contact your Elected Officials

Abandoned Farmland Restoration

I will contact 2 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

Uncompleted
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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management

I will research and support local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Uncompleted
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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Composting

Composting, Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Uncompleted
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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture, Regenerative Annual Cropping

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

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Health and Education

Get your family involved in greening the dot!

If you have kids at home, encourage them to create a logo for Deloitte NPSI using scrap paper and any crayons, markers, or materials you have in your home. Email a photo of the final product to Emma Howe (emhowe@deloitte.com) for a chance to be featured in our Earth Month recap email and potential future internal communications!

Uncompleted
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Land Sinks

Sign up for Plant Your Change

Sign up for Plant Your Change to round up your purchases and plant one tree for every transaction on your personal credit card. Link to sign up found below!

Uncompleted
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Health and Education

Explore the Deloitte World Climate Hub

Spend 15 minutes browsing the new World Climate Hub website, hosted by Deloitte US Sustainability! Link to be added soon.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Donate to the NPSI Earth Month Giving Campaign

NPSI will be hosting a month-long giving campaign during April. Donate via the NPSI philanthropy cloud website linked below!

Uncompleted
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Health and Education

Attend the NPSI Intersections Panel on April 28th

On Wednesday, April 28th, Deloitte NPSI is hosting a panel with senior leaders at the firm to discuss the intersections between climate, health and justice. Invite to be added soon!

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Transportation

Stay on the Ground

Telepresence, High-Speed Rail

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Completed
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Transportation

Improve a Bus Stop

Public Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.

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Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/26/2021 8:36 AM
    I have only been looking for local trips that I can make via car. I have also been trying to figure out a way that we can travel via bike once we arrive at our vacation destination. I have been doing this by finding accommodations equidistant from the locations we are looking to visit once we arrive.  
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research the Climate Impact of Refrigerants
    What did you learn about the climate impact of refrigerants? How do supermarkets contribute to this impact?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/26/2021 8:33 AM
    I learned that the synthetic hydrofluorocarbons used as refrigerants is a terrible greenhouse gas that is leaked into the atmosphere and is causing increasing temperatures on Earth. There are natural refrigerants that could be used in place of the synthetics but it would take a massive overhaul to make this change and it is currently not incentivized. Supermarkets have massive networks of refrigerants across the world and are leaking a majority of the hydrofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Advocate For More Packaging Options
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/26/2021 8:24 AM
    I think it can be difficult to get organizations to change how things have always been done. Especially when those things are convenient. Living in the SE US I think about how many companies have stopped using Styrofoam for to-go meals especially when it comes to cups. But I also think about how some of those places that tried to do better were boycotted because peoples drinks weren't as cold in the new plastic cups as they were in the Styrofoam. I just think in my mind there has to be a fundamental shift in the way the world thinks and what we prioritize for there to be actionable, profitable, and lasting changes at large corporations. Before COVID when I was going in to my local office quite often I always carried a metal tumbler with me. I would use it to get tea in the break room at the office and I would pay for drinks when I went out for lunch but ask if I could fill my own cup up instead of using theirs. This worked very well for me and I felt like I was doing a good job by at least changing the way I did things. But I don't see many others making this same conscious decision because of the convenience of the Styrofoam cups in the breakroom or the cup at the restaurant. So I really hope that by spreading awareness we can change the personal habits of our employees and that will maybe impact the decisions of other organizations. But it is hard to say if it will make a difference. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/26/2021 8:18 AM
    I incorporate the other "R's" into my daily life through a variety of ways. Anytime I create waste I consider what would be a better use of the item than putting it in the trash or even taking it to be recycled. There are many useable items that can be created out of "waste" and reused in a variety of ways. For example you can use plastic "packing material, uncontaminated food coverings, etc." stuffed in plastic bottles to make plastic bricks which can be used to create infrastructure like benches or even shelters. Since plastic only has a certain amount of times it can be recycled, it is better to instead upcycle these items to have a "greater purpose" and I know for sure that the items are being reused. I think it is great to find new ways to use an repurpose things but I think at the end of the day having the ability to cut the hard to recycle or unrecyclable things out of your life is the best way to go. To me it is the education or the "retraining" of the way we think about the environment, our role, and what we can do to improve things that is the most important thing that can be done. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/22/2021 3:07 PM
    I try to reduce my use of plastic bags but when I do get them I always reuse them for trash backs or as a floor or table covering for DIY, hobbies, or construction projects. Aside from plastic bags most of my single use items come from take-out and packaged foods and drinks. I try to get cans when I am getting sodas since aluminum is more viable recycles but there are lots of snacks I get that are in plastic singe serving packages and so I am trying to get away from those by making my own snacks and using paper bags or beeswax wraps to carry and store them on the go. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/22/2021 2:43 PM
    I didn't come up with these but these are some other I have seen: rethink, refuse (don't shop at places that use Styrofoam or plastic packaging), reduce, reuse, repurpose/repair, recycle, rot (composting), replenish (regenerative farming), replant (instead of removing and trashing say weeds or even something like a tree from your yard you could take the extra step to replant it somewhere where it could do good). I think anyone who is climate conscious is doing many of these things its just about going that extra couple of step to think out side the box some times to do even more.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/22/2021 2:26 PM
    Meat is expensive to raise and even thought it is considered a nutrient rich food it is environmentally damaging especially at large scales. Meat also has cultural and societal significance as expensive meats are considered status symbols in many societies. Because of this more wealthy countries spend more time and resources in producing meat because they have the funds to do so. However, while meat can be a good source of nutrients most of the meat produced for mass consumption is riddled with hormones and fat and is considerably less healthy for you than a lean non-hormonal meat but those aren't as profitable at mass scale. Because of this eating a lot of meat creates adverse healthy effects (cholesterol, blood pressure, unhealthy weight gain, etc.) in addition because meat is so popular we raise livestock at mass and the consumption of nutrients and water to bring that livestock to a point of harvest is astronomical. My wife has been a vegetarian for over a decade and most of the food I cook is vegetarian or vegan and while I do enjoy meat still myself I do try to limit it to eating out at nice restaurants that sustainably source their meats and its more of a splurge item for me than the norm. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/22/2021 2:19 PM
    I have always used led bulbs wherever possible and so has my family - my dad has always swore by them mainly because they aren't glass so when they break it isn't as dangerous and they don't get as hot. I also try to unplug appliances and other things when I am not going to be using them for longer periods of time but I am looking to upgrade many of the appliances that I use often to more energy efficient ones so they are not pulling as much energy even though they are staying plugged in for longer durations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/22/2021 2:14 PM
    I don't regularly eat fish or seafood in general but based on the GA guidelines I would say my fish choices fall within the guidelines. Typically I eat shrimp but on occasion I enjoy catfish usually that is from local restaurants. However, I should start asking them where the fish is from when I eat out in the future. Typically thought I eat plant based seafood alternatives as there are some very good restaurants nearby that serve such items. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

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    Jacob Highsmith 4/22/2021 2:07 PM
    Given the current pandemic my organization has fully adopted virtual meetings. However, the work that we do has been enhanced by virtual meetings for years and I believe will continue to stay at current ("pandemic") levels well after WFH is lifted. I think it will be important to determine meeting cadences where in-person meetings can be done on just a single day or a few days of the week and otherwise they can be done virtually. It is a waste for a person to simply travel for say only one meeting that day or to travel and then work virtually in the office that is not very smart nor environmentally conscious.