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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?

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    Yvonne Chen 4/17/2019 3:34 PM
    I wish there was a way of prohibiting the delivery of all the advertising letters I get every day, e.g., "You are qualified for a new credit card." Please guys and gals save the trees! I am not reading this stuff anyway.
  • 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?

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    Yvonne Chen 4/17/2019 3:32 PM
    We are already pretty conscious about our water usage. The only thing I can think about at the moment is a new dishwasher and a new washing machine when the old ones break down.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency?

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    Yvonne Chen 4/17/2019 3:30 PM
    We are planning on insulating the interior water pipes (in the crawlspace) as well as remodeling the shower with a water saving shower head. However, this is a challenge for next year.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? Do you know how your compost will be used and the benefits it has on the environment?

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    Yvonne Chen 4/17/2019 3:29 PM
    We are starting to use the compost for our vegetable beds as we do have compost bins in the yard. It is one of the the best fertilizers you can get. For sure the cheapest.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Yvonne Chen 4/17/2019 3:24 PM
    Batteries can be recycled in certain stores, e.g. Batteries + Bulbs or other electronic department stores. There is s a recycling facility in basically each county/ larger community where you can recycle most of your items, incl. big appliances. Some do require a fee.
  • 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?

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    Yvonne Chen 4/17/2019 3:22 PM
    On our lot we are establishing a vegetable garden with some beds for herbs. We have a beautiful front yard with a lot of spring flowers popping up. The back yard has larger sections of basalt rock so we don't have to water a huge area with lawn.

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    Beverly Patterson 4/12/2019 12:09 PM
    Steady on is the way I do my thing
  • Reflection Question
    Water Eco-friendly Gardening
    What are the most prominent water concerns in your area? Examples include drought, flooding, pollution, access, security, and privatization.

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    Yvonne Chen 4/05/2019 8:55 AM
    Flood in the winter and drought in the summer