April 1 - April 30, 2019

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  • Poppy Milliken 4/30/2019 8:32 AM
    I'm glad we did this challenge. It helped me think about all the things I can do on a daily basis to help reduce the resources I use. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Poppy Milliken 4/22/2019 9:31 AM
    I'm pretty obsessive about turning all the lights out when I leave a room. It's just a little thing but adds up over time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that "it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor." What are your thoughts on this?

    Poppy Milliken 4/18/2019 8:36 AM
    Other than housing, groceries are probably my biggest expense every month. Food is also one thing I am happy to pay more for. I'd rather spend a little more and eat better food than save money on empty calories. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Joe Casey 4/14/2019 7:33 PM
    I drive a lot less and enjoy taking public transit now that I'm in a place where it is more reliable and runs more frequently. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Joe Casey 4/14/2019 7:32 PM
    Small garden beds, hanging baskets and a few fruiting trees.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Joe Casey 4/14/2019 7:31 PM
    Turn off lights when leaving the room. 
  • 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?

    Joe Casey 4/12/2019 9:26 PM
    Turn the water off while scrubbing dishes
  • 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?

    Joe Casey 4/12/2019 9:26 PM
    Unfortunately, it would be creamer for coffee
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Joe Casey 4/12/2019 9:25 PM
    I would spend it on vacation s
  • 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?

    Andrea Thornton 4/10/2019 8:42 AM
    We have already installed rain barrels in our yard but we are looking to install a larger water containment system and disconnecting our last downspout to reduce our stormwater footprint