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  • Lara Eury's avatar
    Lara Eury 4/26/2022 7:46 PM
    I reviewed my retirement portfolio through an investment impact screener and was very surprised to discover I hold investments that significantly contradict my values. As a result, I will reevaluate my portfolio and make some changes! Ignorance is NOT bliss!


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    Gina MacIlwraith 4/24/2022 3:55 PM
    Finally some spring weather to make today’s outdoor time even easier to appreciate

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    Gina MacIlwraith 4/22/2022 6:31 AM
    Happy Earth Day!  Or as I like to call it - Friday (ie. every day is Earth Day!)
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Calculate Your Carbon Impact
    What is one way you will reduce your carbon foorprint? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your carbon footprint?

    Gina MacIlwraith 's avatar
    Gina MacIlwraith 4/20/2022 6:32 AM
    The Cool Climate Calculator available in this action is cool;).  It allows you to make pledges to improve and then shows you how much you can reduce your impact with those changes.  Fun to play with to see what makes the most difference.  I also used it for a client presentation.  Win Win.

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    Gina MacIlwraith 4/18/2022 3:56 PM
    This CBS News special with Walter Cronkite from Earth Day 1970 is both fascinating and really depressing.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HUtM_LTyIw 

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    Lara Eury 4/18/2022 1:06 PM
    Conducted two energy audits last week. One through Energyearth and the other through our Gas Company, Peoples Gas. There are no significant findings or recommendations other than replacing our AC/Furnace, which we already planned to do this year. Minor suggestions included purchasing an electricity monitor, faucet aerator, toilet tank bank, smart power strip, and an outdoor water-saving hose nozzle.   Out of curiosity, I may get an electricity monitor. However, there are many brands and models at various price ranges, so I will need to research them before buying.  
     
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place? Was there a new place in your region that was exciting to learn about and visit?

    Rachel Bukowitz's avatar
    Rachel Bukowitz 4/10/2022 5:54 PM
    I went for a jog in a cemetery near my house (not as creepy as it sounds!). The cemetery is designed sort of like a city park-- full of trees and trails. I ran on a new trail this evening and I saw close to 20 deer as well as some geese near a pond. For anyone in Pittsburgh looking for a mostly car-free place to walk, jog, or bike, I recommend checking out the Homewood Cemetery!
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Practice Mindfulness
    What was it like to practice mindfulness? If this is a practice for you already, what was something new you understood in practicing during Earth Month?

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    Rachel Bukowitz 4/10/2022 9:07 AM
    I downloaded the app Headspace and my partner and I used it to do a ten minute guided meditation this morning. We both agreed that it was a great way to start the day! Once it gets warmer I think it will be great to try meditating outside on my porch or at the park near my house to connect more with the Earth.
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Calculate Your Water Footprint
    What is one way you will reduce your water use? What is a practice you already have that helps you reduce your water use?

    Gina MacIlwraith 's avatar
    Gina MacIlwraith 4/08/2022 7:42 AM
    I really wish eating meat used less water -> seeing how much this adds to my water footprint does help change my behavior.  Also, pet food?  I haven't seen this on a calculator before - how can I affect that usage ->  Labradors do not skip a meal:)
  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Spend Time Outside
    What are the implications for a culture that spends most of its time inside and on screens?

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    Robert Killeen 4/08/2022 7:39 AM
    As I am a resident who lives in a dorm that doesn't have windows in my room, it's mentally draining. I lose track of time, I'm lazy, and I really don't get to enjoy fresh air without going outside. This is an extreme case, but I believe that going outside for at least an hour a day, whether it be to work out, or to make laps around the green roof on the top of, my building, has helped my mental health and productivity greatly!

    • Rachel Bukowitz's avatar
      Rachel Bukowitz 4/10/2022 5:59 PM
      That so tough that your room doesn't have windows, but very cool that your building has a green roof! I'm the same though-- going outside for 30 mins to an hour has a huge impact on my productivity and mood, especially if it's sunny out. I'm getting so excited for spring to arrive!