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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Ella McGrail

Bard College + Community

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Industry

Bring Your Own Utensils to Kline

Bring Your Own Utensils to Kline. While reusable containers still cannot be brought to Kline due to COVID restrictions, you can bring your own fork, spoon, and knife and your own thermos or water bottle. By doing so you can reduce your waste by up to 21 plaper cups and up to 63 plastic utensils a week! Make sure you thoroughly wash your utensils before and after use. Needs a set? BardE3s have you covered - email em5521@bard.edu

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Pollinators

Bees are essential to the health of our food system and both are under threat from climate change. It’s getting harder and harder for pollinators to find safe habitats. Bard is a part of the Pollinator Pathway, which is a movement to create a continuous habitat for bees and other pollinators throughout the country. You can attend the beekeeping workshop hosted by John Benzinger on Sunday, April 18th at 12pm at the Bard Farm, and make some solitary bee habitats while you’re at it!

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Health and Education

Engage with Social Media

Engage with Bard’s sustainability social media! Check out the Bard CEP Ecoreader, Hudson Valley’s The Dissonance, and/or BardE3s, Bardsustainability, bard.freeuse, bardeats, and sunrise_bardcollege on Instagram. These all have great info on how to engage with sustainability in our community, from learning how to properly compost and recycle to lobbying for policy change. Here are the links to our online resources: https://www.bard.edu/cep/blog/ https://bos.bard.edu/ https://thedissonance.org/

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Action Track: Climate Resilience

The Sunrise Movement

Attend one (or more!) of the weekly Sunrise Movement Bard meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm, or their Earth Week Art Build. Sunrise is a national youth-led movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process, largely through support for the Green New Deal. Contact Rose Reiner, (rr2345@bard.edu) for the meeting zoom link.

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Electricity

Communicate the need to Price Carbon

Thousands of economists agree that we need to put a price on carbon pollution. There's a 'carbon cashback' bill in Congress introduced this week in the House that will do that - returning money to households. We need to mobilize around this as a best first step (and do everything else in this challenge, too!)

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Action Track: Climate Resilience

Support a Community Garden

Multiple Solutions

I will support a community garden by volunteering, donating, or advocating for a new or existing one.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Earth Month Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

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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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Action Track: Climate Resilience

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

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Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Communicate With My Elected Officials

Onshore Wind Turbines, Offshore Wind Turbines

I will write or call 4 elected official(s) telling them not to support fossil fuel subsidies and instead support wind energy generation.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Compost Food Scraps

Compost at Kline, dorm composting bins, or returning food scraps to Kline.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Attend GATHER Screening on April 18th, 7PM.

Kick off Earth week with a screening of Gather, "an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide."

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Industry

I will be Less Material in a Material World

If I live on campus I'll follow FreeUse on Insta (@bard.freeuse) (and I'll donate there as well) in support of a circular economy.  Away from Bard I will find sustainable clothing options, avoiding fast fashion retailers, valuing long-lived clothing and supporting Bard-born orgs like Thrift to Fight and Cahoots.

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Transportation

Count Your Steps & Share

Count how many steps it takes to get from one point to another on campus or where you live. For example, count how many steps it takes to get to Kline from Robbins. DM the BardE3 or Bard Office of Sustainability Insta with the number of steps you counted and we’ll use the info to make posts about walkability! @bardsustainability @barde3bos

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Attend a Screening of GATHER

Learn about Indigenous Land Management, Regenerative Agriculture and Food Sovereignty at a screening of Gather, "an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide."

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Health and Education

Learn via Solve Climate by 2030

Sign up to listen to Solve Climate by 2030 (live on April 7 or recorded)

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    Ella McGrail 4/14/2021 3:25 PM
    Just spent some time reading up on the Carbon Dividend Act they've introduced in Congress: H.R. 2307 and it got me so hyped!!! This one measure would make a massive positive impact for the country's carbon footprint and reduce air pollution that disproportionately sickens people of color. Crazy that we haven't done this already, it's so obviously a great plan.