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  • Kari Ekvall's avatar
    Kari Ekvall 4/30/2021 7:51 AM
    The April 2021 ecochallenge has been a great journey; thanks for reaching out to all DNV colleagues Bill :-)  In addition to looking after my "spring" garden, which also includes 2 bee-hotels and 2 bird-cages (one is home to a blue-tit couple these days), I have also enjoyed learning/reading about expiration dates, Science Based Targets, and family planning and being able to scroll to numerous topics related to the ecochallenge. Have a great weekend and enjoy the last day of the challenge. I have been impressed and inspired by team members varied activities - well done every one!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/29/2021 10:46 AM
    What I've noticed is that I haven't taken any of the daily walks I planned this month. It's been a busy period and I just haven't prioritized it. But I can always turn over a new leaf in May! :)
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Communicate With My Elected Officials
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

    Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/27/2021 10:29 AM
    What inspires me? A desire to conserve natural resources for future generations and the fact that we have only one earth to call home and we should be good stewards of it. I think many of the problems we face in terms of environmental damage are due to business leaders and governments being too short-sighted and thinking in terms of their quarterly earnings or re-election cycles rather than what's best for society at large. I get that businesses need to be profitable to continue operations, but when CEOs are being paid ~300 times as much as their employees, and then avoiding paying taxes on that income, it's not hard to see that things are skewed. I'm glad President Biden is leading on climate and I hope we can make some real progress in the coming years. So in short I'm inspired by a sense of responsibility and a bit of outrage. 

  • Bill Berger's avatar
    Bill Berger 4/23/2021 7:10 PM
    So I found some plant based sea food alternatives at Sprouts market here in Lynnwood. Munching on some non crabby crabby patties and it was pretty good. Not like the original of course but I could pronounce all the ingredients. Sophi’s Kitchen is the brand. Also have some tuna and fish filet alternatives to try. Will update with those results. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/23/2021 8:20 AM
    Lots of reasons come to mind: Ease of access, marketing, tradition, convenience. Western culture is very disconnected from the sources of our food. The science on the benefits and risks of eating meat seems to conflict, from what I've read, but it's clear that the environmental impact of cattle-produced methane is a real problem.  Biodigesters seem to be a way to help address that. I remember reading about how rain forests are being cleared to make room for more cattle, as if we don't have enough. That just seems crazy to me.

    • Bill Berger's avatar
      Bill Berger 4/26/2021 8:46 AM
      I'm a fan of our PUD too! Didn't know about the biodigester...The Big Picture | Qualco Energy (qualco-energy.com)

    • Bill Berger's avatar
      Bill Berger 4/23/2021 7:19 PM
      Thanks for sharing Anita.  Certainly how I was brought up -  meat, potatoes, and corn - anything else was “gross”. A bit about my journey of cutting out meat since then...Jennies been vegetarian for a long time now and she’s found the Cookie and Kate website where she finds most if not all of the vegetarian recipes there and they’re terrific! I truly don’t miss it - the flavor in veggie dishes beats meat every time - in my mouth anyway. Turkey and chicken are the last two meat sources I’ll cut at some point - mainly have these when I’m out and about and need a quick bite. 

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/23/2021 7:36 PM
      I did read just today in my SnoPUD (local utility) newsletter that they will begin managing a biodigester out in Monroe (a little bit east of where I live) that will produce enough energy to power about 600 homes. I thought that was pretty cool. Is it weird that I love my PUD?

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/23/2021 7:38 PM
      Thanks Bill! I will check out that website. I usually end up just making dishes up as I go along based on what's on sale or what looks good when I go shopping (on the rare occasion that I go into the store these days). I really enjoy the vegetarian dishes. It's giving up the dairy (especially cheese) that's hard for me. 
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Science Based Targets
    Do the customers you service have Science Based Targets set in their corporate strategy? Are you comfortable asking? Why or why not?

    Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/23/2021 8:11 AM
    I will be better able to answer this question later this year when I'm more involved with direct client service, but I think I would be comfortable asking. 

    In the meantime, I'm thinking it might be good to if DNV were to collaborate with climatetrace.org in some manner (if we aren't already doing so). 

  • Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/22/2021 8:02 PM
    Wanted to share a link to "Lightning Talks: Otters" presented by the Seattle Aquarium on the topic of how Sea Otters may help to mitigate some impacts of climate change. Fascinating talk! Lightning Talks: Otters - YouTube  A key takeaway is that where sea otters are present, kelp forests thrive, and kelp is an important source of carbon storage. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Support Companies Leading in Green Energy
    Every dollar you put into solar or wind is a dollar not put into traditional financial institutions. You'll also be bolstering the fossil fuel divestment movement, too. Name some companies you know that invest in green energy. How can you support them?

    Bill Berger's avatar
    Bill Berger 4/22/2021 1:40 PM
    The list that was supplied here was not the easiest to navigate and find companies who get their power supplies from renewables. For large purchases, I'll certainly research the suppliers net-zero commitment and how they source their energy.

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/22/2021 2:18 PM
      The first sentence about traditional financial institutions is curious to me since many major renewables projects are financed by major (traditional) financial institutions like JPM, BofA, etc. It seems like the lines are a bit blurred these days with major O&G players diversifying with renewables investments, too, as we transition to a cleaner energy mix. I certainly give weight to businesses that consider their ecological impacts in their business models.

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/23/2021 8:05 AM
      Bill, I heard about something last night that you probably already know about but I guess Al Gore started an initiative called Climate Trace that is supposed to trace the carbon footprint of countries and even companies by location. John Kerry mentioned it in an address yesterday so I googled it.  Sounds like progress to me. Kerry's quote that stood out to me was "They can't hide anymore." https://www.climatetrace.org/ 

  • Anita Roberts's avatar
    Anita Roberts 4/22/2021 11:19 AM
    Happy Earth Day, friends! I hope you're all enjoying the EcoChallenge so far. I've been doing lots of research trying to figure out what to plant in my yard this spring. With Arbor Day coming up next Friday I'm on the hunt for a couple of trees that will do well in acidic soil. It's so hard to narrow down the options! 
  • 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?

    Kari Ekvall's avatar
    Kari Ekvall 4/15/2021 2:42 PM
    Knowing the difference between the Use by, Sell by and Best by dates makes me feel more comfortable when assessing the likely quality and usability of the food/product. Some very good practical advise found in the related articles as well.