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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Adina Mendelzys

JAC Sustainability

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Adina's Actions

Transportation

Muscle Power on Earth Day

I will cut green house gas emissions related to my commute to John Abbott College on Earth day, April 22. I will only use muscle-powered transportation (walk, bike, skateboard) for my commute.

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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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Accelerating Solutions

Save Rigaud Mountain

Rigaud Mountain is an expansive natural resource that we rely upon to run many of our Outdoor Education courses, here at JAC. It is under extreme pressure from development and mismanagement, and in desperate need of protection. Facing COVID and the Climate Crisis, the need to protect our few remaining local intact forests, is more stronger than ever. We need them, for our health and wellness, and they are disappearing. If you are able, please support this important cause and take a few moments to forward this letter to others who understand its importance. The petition and funding pages are accessible through the "Learn More" button.

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One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

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One-Time Action

Electricity

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

Methane Digesters

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

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One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Improve a Bus Stop
    How can you advocate for transportation systems which minimize environmental impact while also meeting human needs?

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/19/2021 5:28 AM
    It's a matter of having those systems be as accessible as possible in terms of scheduling & frequency to make them a better option than single occupancy vehicles. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Climate Resilience Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/13/2021 5:53 AM
    The most important aspect will be to integrate any plans with the reality of the people who live in the area. Perhaps tax incentives could be offered to buildings that keep rents affordable for the current tenants. Everyone should have the right to live with access to green space and appropriate infrastructure.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Accelerating Solutions Save Rigaud Mountain
    After signing a local petition, how does it make you feel?

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/12/2021 5:27 AM
    Local petitions can make a difference - I have seen it in action in  my area! We have to use our voices to draw attention to these issues or nothing will prevent practices that are damaging our areas of natural beauty and threatening the wildlife.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/09/2021 10:31 AM
    Unfortunately electric cars still need to be more economically viable up front before this can be an option. 

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/08/2021 12:13 PM
    I was ready with gloves and garbage bag to clean up nearby bus stops and was gratified to discover that none of them needed me!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/07/2021 10:37 AM
    A truly sustainable community would need to incorporate local resources for energy and food consumption needs. We are currently dependent on so much of what we need and use in our daily lives coming from outside of our communities, necessitating all of the baggage that comes with the transportation industry. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/06/2021 8:23 AM
    We use bamboo drinking cups & have bamboo sheets on our beds - there is quite a bit of selection if you do your research! Many of the local shops offer bamboo products and the more I learn about bamboo, the more impressive it is!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Adina Mendelzys 4/05/2021 1:25 PM
    Knowing that the "best by" label does not mean that food is no longer consumable changes how I will look at any unopened packages in the kitchen. In the past I would get rid of things based on those dates without even verifying the state of them - now I will always check first!