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April 1 - April 30, 2021

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  • 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?

    Adriana Ardila's avatar
    Adriana Ardila 4/30/2021 2:18 PM
    There's so much that a community can do to be sustainable.  What's best is that many of these changes are already being done in multiple cities in the world.  
    Here are a few of the things I learned:
    - Reduce waste!  More than recycling we need to stop using unnecessary things like disposable items (bags, utensils, containers, etc).   We can also reduce the amount of wasted food, specially here in the USA where food is taken for granted
    - Reuse waste!  There's technology already being used to reuse methane gases produced by food waste and animal waste into bioenergy!!  This blew my mind!!

  • Diana Garzon's avatar
    Diana Garzon 4/30/2021 8:43 AM
    Thanks, EcoChallenge, it was a fantastic opportunity to learn how to impact positively in our environment, and also ensure sustainability to the next generation. Small steps can co contribute to the big challenge!!

  • Adriana Ardila's avatar
    Adriana Ardila 4/29/2021 9:17 PM
    I thought I was eco-friendly by avoiding plastic bags in all my shopping and recycling every item I could at home.  But this eco-challenge has showed me that there are much larger opportunities for us to reduce our carbon footprint.  I hope to continue in my learning and active pursue for a cleaner, brighter, better planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but its carbon footprint may not be obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

    Adriana Ardila's avatar
    Adriana Ardila 4/29/2021 9:14 PM
    Globally, we produce roughly 310 million tons of plastic each year. Almost all of it is petro-plastic, made from fossil fuels. Experts, however, estimate that 90 percent of current plastics could be derived from plants instead. Bio-based plastics come from the earth, and those that are biodegradable can return to it—often with lower carbon emissions

  • Adriana Ardila's avatar
    Adriana Ardila 4/29/2021 9:09 PM
    Today is the last day of the echochallenge.  Let's keep going team!

  • Valeria Giddings's avatar
    Valeria Giddings 4/27/2021 10:38 AM
    Every now and then my kids ask me for a drive-thru treat... I know I'm not going to get the mother of the year award for feeding my kids fast food. I specifically ask for no condiments and plastic cutlery. Does teaching my young ones to avoid waste count as good mom points? Small changes, can make a big impact :)

  • Valeria Giddings's avatar
    Valeria Giddings 4/27/2021 8:35 AM
    Trying to eliminate plastic bag as much as I can. Bananas is an item I no longer use plastic for, nature provided the perfect packaging! 
  • 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?

    Lourdes Lopez's avatar
    Lourdes Lopez 4/23/2021 7:25 AM
    Did you know? - perishable products are usually safe to consume beyond their “best by” date if they’ve been handled and stored properly. The best way to know if your food is still safe to eat is to use your senses. Most food will change color or smell when they have begun to go bad...
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Explore Other Buildings Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Lourdes Lopez's avatar
    Lourdes Lopez 4/23/2021 7:21 AM
    Did you know? - The building industry has the potential to have a large impact on drawing down greenhouse gas emissions. There are many different energy efficiency strategies to reduce the impact of buildings. In addition to this, on-site energy generation takes buildings a step further to reduce their impacts. The ideal solution combines both of these strategies with buildings generating as much renewable energy as they consume on an annual basis. This is the essential concept of net zero buildings. In this way, net zero buildings combine many other Drawdown solutions into one elegant concept for humans to strive towards.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Explore Other Electricity Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

    Lourdes Lopez's avatar
    Lourdes Lopez 4/23/2021 7:18 AM
    Did you know?-- Project Drawdown conducts an ongoing review and analysis of climate solutions—the practices and technologies that can stem and begin to reduce the excess of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Each solution reduces greenhouse gases by avoiding emissions and/or by sequestering carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.