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  • Karen Houser's avatar
    Karen Houser 4/28/2021 10:31 AM
    We planted seven new Arborvitae bushes last week and they are progressing nicely. Now if I can keep the rabbits away, apparently the bottoms of these bushes are rabbit candy!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

    Adrian Wetzel's avatar
    Adrian Wetzel 4/28/2021 7:39 AM
    In my last home I heated the entire house with a pellet stove so I have been aware of the technology.  I have learned that there are many more feedstocks besides sawdust that can be used to make pellets.  I also learned that there is small scale pellet making equipment geared for the single home owner.  I will be looking into making my own pellets with some type of grass which I can grow on my own land.
  • 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?

    Adrian Wetzel's avatar
    Adrian Wetzel 4/28/2021 7:17 AM
    Carbon neutrality is a good start for a sustainable community.  People will need to be willing to change and take some time to separate their trash for example.  They will also be willing to deal with odors from decomposing bio-mass if they don't get it to the digester in time.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

    Adrian Wetzel's avatar
    Adrian Wetzel 4/28/2021 7:01 AM
    Reducing fuel oil consumption, energy bill and my carbon foot print are the main benefits to a more energy efficient home.  Elimination of drafts on cold windy winter nights is another great thing.  Some unthought of benefits are the reduced amounts of dust, pollen and insects coming in through air gaps.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

    Phillip MACK's avatar
    Phillip MACK 4/26/2021 10:05 AM
    My Aunt and Uncle heat their basement using a corn burning stove. I did not think about the fact that using this fuel is practically Carbon neutral until after i read the attached articles. Using "perennial" biomass for heating seems like a great method to reduce carbon emissions without drastically altering existing technologies 

  • Karen Houser's avatar
    Karen Houser 4/23/2021 11:21 AM
    I used my reusable grocery store bags for the first time today. I have to say they are a lot easier than those plastic bags and they are much sturdier!

  • Karen Houser's avatar
    Karen Houser 4/22/2021 8:19 AM
    This week I purchased reusable vegetable/fruit bags for the grocery store to replace using plastic ones.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate My Carbon Footprint
    What stood out to you most about your carbon footprint? What surprised you or sparked curiosity? Where can you take most immediate action?

    Phillip MACK's avatar
    Phillip MACK 4/22/2021 7:59 AM
    I was surprised by the large contribution of "Goods" to my overall carbon footprint. I didn't think about the how the production and transportation of goods could result in a couch or chair with a high carbon footprint.
  • 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?

    Phillip MACK's avatar
    Phillip MACK 4/22/2021 7:44 AM
    Pennsylvanians are advised to limit consumption of locally caught fish to less that 1 meal per week due to contaminants found in our waterways. There are certain streams that are actually considered to toxic to eat any fish that were sources there. 


  • Megan Wetzel's avatar
    Megan Wetzel 4/22/2021 6:10 AM
    Happy Earth Day!  Check this page out for all day activities and information: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/