April 1 - April 30, 2019

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Kaylen Gibbens 4/22/2019 2:13 PM
    The one single use thing I don't already regularly have a substitute for is plastic zip top bags.  Looking into getting the reusable silicone ones for this. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Car Share
    Take a moment to think of places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

    Rachel Olen 4/18/2019 4:10 PM
    I could definitely carpool with a coworker to my job at the coffee-shop at least once, maybe twice a week, as long as we are scheduled in at similar times. It's not always easy planning something like this, because our schedules change weekly. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Choose a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2—per person. That’s a lot of carbon! What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Rachel Olen 4/18/2019 12:59 PM
    I like to take road-trips as much as I can, but when I am travelling out of the country, that isn't possible. I have been doing a better job at planning my trips and ensuring that I'm booking nonstop flights as much as possible!

  • Mireya Corral 4/16/2019 9:23 AM
    It's going well! trying to reduce plastic waste
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:56 PM
    Not using the dryer to dry every item I wash. There are a lot of items that can hang on a dry rack, or even outside when the weather is nice. This could significantly reduce the amount of energy I use every week.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:49 PM
    Not doing any unnecessary loads of laundry. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:47 PM
    The Bull Run Watershed is where the majority of tap water comes from in the Portland area.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:46 PM
    I really hate getting junk mail. Whenever I see it in my mailbox I just cringe. I'm going to find a way to keep reducing the amount of junk I get in the mail, even if it means constantly emailing about getting off of coupon and credit card lists.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:44 PM
    When I go out to eat at certain noodle joints, I find myself taking a to-go container occasionally. I re-use them at home as much as possible, but I really should just start keeping a small container with me to use instead, or i just need to suck it up and eat my whole meal!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Rachel Olen 4/12/2019 3:42 PM
    I just need to keep a spare one in my backpack or the car. The weekends are when I am more likely to forget to bring my coffee mug along with me, because I'm out and about. I always feel guilty if I have to get a single use cup at the coffee shop, so it would make me feel much better knowing that I am not contributing to our waste anymore than I already do!