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April 1 - April 30, 2021

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  • sarah bonam's avatar
    sarah bonam 5/03/2021 7:46 AM
    This was a really positive and timely eco challenge for me. There were changes that had to be made to my personal care to better facilitate the plumbing issues for my house. There was also a huge change in my eating patterns brought about by the elimination of gluten, dairy, and cashews (I found this one out the hard way). I sold my former racing bicycle in favor of a happy little cruiser bicycle that even has a bell and a basket to get me to the Farmer's Market and other local places. It's been a very positive and intense time of change!

  • Laura Gigliotti's avatar
    Laura Gigliotti 4/30/2021 6:45 PM
    32 total miles walked 

  • Megan Gorney's avatar
    Megan Gorney 4/30/2021 1:03 PM
    This was a fun adventure, I learned a lot about sustainability or as Kip put it in last nights presentation "thriveability". I loved the outlook that we don't want to just sustain our current environment, we want it to thrive. I will continue my journey into veganism and being more self aware of my carbon footprint. The solar panels get installed on my roof in July. I found a dehydrated laundry detergent that works wonderfully, this will eliminate a lot of plastic waste for my family of 4. We will continue to look for other ways to lessen our carbon footprint and ways to thrive. Thank you for this chance to be educated, to share that knowledge with others, and apply it in a way that will make a difference. 
  • 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?

    Cassandra Urban's avatar
    Cassandra Urban 4/30/2021 10:53 AM
    Supermarkets are one of the leading contributors of having negative effects on our climate due to their refrigeration systems, which have high refrigerant charge leakage and high electricity consumption.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Properly Dispose of Refrigerants
    How do you address your own feelings of concern, fear or despair about climate change?

    Cassandra Urban's avatar
    Cassandra Urban 4/30/2021 10:05 AM
    I address my feelings of concern about the climate change by trying to make a difference!  I try to do this by making changes in my daily habits; by educating myself; and, by informing and encouraging others!

  • Sonya Smith's avatar
    Sonya Smith 4/30/2021 8:24 AM
    I will have to say tracking wasted food has made me more aware of what's in my refrigerator, even the items that get pushed to the back. I didn't throw out much food and I believe it was because I was tracking it. I do know that I will continue to keep track of what I have and what should be eaten "now" by preparing meals that call for food that could possibly go to waste. 

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    Holly Windom 4/30/2021 8:16 AM
    Thanks for reading my post. Let's end this will a talk about portions. Well this is not a favorite topic but surely the results show on the weight scale. I can easily eat small portion or recommend sizing of food with things I'm not crazy about. I consider my self a "Foodie". I'll try anything not moving and considered normal food once. The hard part is dessert I call a deadly sin. I once tried the ice cream single serving (weight watches portion) well I enjoy 4 in one setting which was every favor! I tried to eat off lunch plates at dinner that works well. I tried to cut all my treats in portions like eating chips from a 16 oz cups and a handful of nuts. My downfall is Roasted Coconut Lemon Custard Cake. Ok I failed this portion thing too . Pray for me.     
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Tend A Garden
    Have you ever had a significant experience in nature that altered your perspective or focus? If so, please describe it.

    Jeanine Santo's avatar
    Jeanine Santo 4/30/2021 7:26 AM
    I am enjoying growing my own garden! I had no idea how fast radishes grew. Should be able to harvest in just a few more weeks. I will have lettuce, cucumbers and strawberries all summer!!
  • 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?

    Fred Koshen's avatar
    Fred Koshen 4/30/2021 6:36 AM
    While I support highspeed rail and alternatives for transportation I wonder if it will ever get off the ground (no pun intended) to the point where it can really make a difference.
    During the pandemic our travel was curtailed 100%. It was refreshing during the morning and throughout the day NOT to hear traffic, including trucks, and airplanes (we live by an airport). 

  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Explore My Area
    How can spending more time outdoors enhance your sense of place -- your deep knowledge of and appreciation for your surroundings?

    Fred Koshen's avatar
    Fred Koshen 4/30/2021 6:31 AM
    I think by spending time outdoors and actually in an environment you're not familiar with can give you a newfound appreciation for the land/environment. We back up to a small lake and see the wildlife that depends on the vegetation and lake. It's really amazing some of the things we see during the day and raises the question of what we miss after dark.