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  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Learn About Invasive Species
    What is one invasive species in your region and how does it impact your region's ecosystem?

    Susan Crawford's avatar
    Susan Crawford 4/22/2022 6:45 AM
    The Callery Pear tree will no longer be sold in Ohio effective 2023 as a decorative tree because no local insects feed on them which allows them to overtake areas.  I say good riddance, the blooms are pretty but they smell terrible!

  • Jackie Ellerbrock's avatar
    Jackie Ellerbrock 4/16/2022 10:09 AM
    I had a meeting with Julie Hoy who is currently running for City Council Ward 6  in Salem---
    We discussed how to bring more awareness and what would be appropriate sustainable goals for the ward-- and ultimately the city 

  • William Holland's avatar
    William Holland 4/16/2022 2:52 AM
    I made a purchase from a company named Janji.  The name means "promise" in Indonesian and their promise is to give 2% from every sale to support clean water projects around the world.
     
  • Reflection Question
    Basic Needs & Security Make Zero-Waste Meals
    How did you incorporate using an entire vegetable (skins, peels, tops, and stalks) during one of your meal preps? What's something new you're going to try that is a zero-waste meal practice?

    sunshine sebesta's avatar
    sunshine sebesta 4/14/2022 1:54 PM
    It is very easy to make zero waste meals when you have a flock of chickens and a chef for a partner who loves to make stock!


  • Reflection Question
    Health & Equity Learn About Gender Diversity
    Why is equity for gender diverse individuals important for a just and sustainable society?

    Kieran Wade's avatar
    Kieran Wade 4/13/2022 6:57 AM
    When an individual feels like their situation isn't equitable, they struggle. When an individual struggles, society struggles. Your garden can't thrive if a large percentage of the flowers in it aren't blooming their best.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

    Susan Crawford's avatar
    Susan Crawford 4/13/2022 6:38 AM
    My favorite pollinator would have to be the bumble bee, the teddy bears of the bee world!  I did not know they hibernate underground in the winter and feed as early as February.  I will add early blooming flowers to my beds this year such as Columbine to ensure they have a food source earlier in the year. 
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators? Do you have a favorite pollinator?

    Ryan Burgener's avatar
    Ryan Burgener 4/12/2022 6:23 AM
    Pollinators are near and dear to my heart. I have a top bar hive and keep Italian honeybees - it is mutually beneficial! 
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Reduce Single-Use Plastics
    What plastic or single-use items do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted?

    Ryan Burgener's avatar
    Ryan Burgener 4/12/2022 6:20 AM
    During peak pandemic we relied heavily on grocery pickups which we quickly realized came with an enormous amount of plastic waste (does every single lemon need its own bag?).

    Since then I've tried to forego the convenience factor whenever possible and shop using my own reusable bags.
  • Reflection Question
    Climate & Ecosystems Reduce Single-Use Plastics
    What plastic or single-use items do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted?

    Kieran Wade's avatar
    Kieran Wade 4/08/2022 12:49 PM
    I've vastly decreased the amount of plastic wrap that we use by investing in some beeswax cloth. Still working on that bad habit with grocery bags, however.
  • 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?

    Kieran Wade's avatar
    Kieran Wade 4/08/2022 12:48 PM
    Practicing mindfulness isn't new for me, but this Earth Month challenge has helped me get a routine going that I hope to keep up for the rest of the year!