April 1 - April 30, 2019

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Can organic farming feed the world? Which side of the argument do you fall on? Why?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:56 PM
    Organic farming is a double edge sword: because yields are lower, far more arable land is used to produce comparable crop yields to GMO foods. Organic vs. GMO crops is a highly complex issues that requires endless and constant research, and yields no black-and-white, easy-to-digest (pun intended) answers. 
  • 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?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:53 PM
    I help maintain an organic vegetable garden of usual offenders: Kale, tomatoes, herbs, squash, cucumber, you name it! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:52 PM
    My sister cans pickles semi-annually, which I enjoy throughout the year. Boom! 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your zipcode, and in your state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Evan Hughes 4/25/2019 12:51 PM
    By sharing 2.2k square feet with three other people in a house with a brand-new energy efficient furnace, new windows, and new insulation, my household is doing it's part to conserve energy in our zip code. 
  • 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?

    Leticia Cortez 4/23/2019 8:02 AM
    I'm guilty of using vegetable bags! :( some fruits and veggies may not need a bag but I guess I could look into buying smaller reusable bags for these items (such as broccoli, cauliflower, grapes etc)
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

    Leticia Cortez 4/23/2019 7:53 AM
    I usually always have a large purse so I just put my items in my purse and/or carry my items out.. I can proudly say that I have always been really good about using reusable bags. I try my hardest to not use plastic or paper bags from the stores. I will also buy reusable bags if I need to.
  • 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?

    Leticia Cortez 4/23/2019 7:51 AM
    I honestly havent had many options of transportation throughout my life. I grew up in a small town where there was no public transportation. Luckily I lived near the school so I could walk to school but because our town is small we had to cross the bridge to other towns for things and cars are the only options. You cant use a bike to cross the bridge. Because I have always had a car, I haven't considered other forms of transportation now that I live in the Portland area because I know that it will mean for longer commuting by taking public transportation. I do try to always make sure to carpool whenever there is a possibility.
  • 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?

    Leticia Cortez 4/23/2019 7:45 AM
    I don't think its difficult to switch to a reusable coffee cup, it's all about the person and if they are willing to carry around their mug or tumbler. I keep coffee mugs at my desk but my goal is to use a reusable cup when I go out for coffee. I know being in the drive through it might be challenging but taking a few extra minutes to inside to hand the barista my cup is important.

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