April 1 - April 30, 2019

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  • 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?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/30/2019 3:55 PM
    I convert all of my bills, where possible, to electronic delivery. It is more secure, more flexible, and gives me the ability to respond to issues at my own leisure. 

    I would like ensure that any interactions I have with government, such as filing my taxes, registering to vote, and eventually even voting, are securely encrypted and paperless. There are obvious concerns about privacy, but the technology to address these concerns already exists - we as a society must drive the requirement that it be implemented.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Walk Instead
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Do you feel that this fact applies to you? If so, how might you incorporate more muscle-powered transportation in your daily life?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/30/2019 3:53 PM
    I absolutely do make trips that are a single mile or less. We allow for waste when we can rationalize it as "saving time," since we are, by and large, stuck in a mindset that any travel time or unproductive time is "time wasted." 

    It's important to break away from that rigid philosophy once and a while (or maybe every day!) and just enjoy a quick walk to the store instead of driving.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Work from Home
    It takes the average worker in the United States 26 minutes to travel to work. One way to fix long commutes would be to make cities more affordable. An even simpler option: promote the use of telework. Are you in an industry that would allow you to work from home? What are some obstacles you might find yourself facing while working from home?

    Jacob Kaessinger 4/30/2019 3:51 PM
    Working from home can be a terrific way to lessen our environmental impact, but consumer internet products and commercial communication products both have to become more affordable and streamlined before working at home can be seen as the norm. 

    Consumer internet is not often available at adequate speeds (100-1000 mbps) and latencies (less than 30ms ping) in most housing areas, in order to allow fast, seamless work from home. This type of internet is often only available to consumers who already live in high cost of living areas, and is often priced at the top of the range for high income earners, making working from home for lower income earners completely infeasible. The practice of capping consumer internet to a maximum amount of data per month also presents a severe roadblock to users who must upload, download, and host video conferences while working from home.

    The most fundamental roadblock is the infrastructure of US internet itself. Without strong internet neutrality laws that explicitly require all traffic to be treated equally, employees may end up footing an unreasonable bill for working from home, simply because their internet service provider will have the option to throttle (or artificially slow down) their work-related traffic, unless the employee or company pays for faster internet. 

  • Cesar Villegas 4/30/2019 3:34 PM
    No better way to end the day than to ride to Crown point.

  • Cesar Villegas 4/30/2019 3:33 PM
    TGIF, good day to commute to work. 

  • Cesar Villegas 4/30/2019 3:33 PM
    Uh... It wasnt supposed to rain! But still a good day to ride at sandy ridge.

  • Cesar Villegas 4/30/2019 3:32 PM
    Beautiful Sunday for a ride to my soccer game.

  • Cesar Villegas 4/30/2019 3:32 PM
    Almost there! Finish strong HYG

  • Cesar Villegas 4/30/2019 3:32 PM
    Wohoo! End of the challenge

  • Rudi Hamsa 4/30/2019 3:31 PM
    Got to finish strong! we're doing pretty well for our first year in this challenge.