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Dickinson Green Devils 2020 Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Transportation Advocate for Greener Vehicles
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

    Giuseppe Collia's avatar
    Giuseppe Collia 4/21/2020 10:05 PM
    I don't own a private vehicle and thankfully my uses are generally all accessible by foot, bike, or public transport.  Sometimes I get in a friend's car, but it is very infrequent. 
    Community Express My Support
    What sustainability issues are most pressing or prominent on your campus? In your hometown? Where you live currently?

    Giuseppe Collia's avatar
    Giuseppe Collia 4/21/2020 10:05 PM
    In the Northside of Carlisle, there are less street trees than in other neighborhoods.  I don't know if the residents want them, but they may decrease cooling costs and increase property values, so I would be interested in seeing what they feel about this.
    Nature Enjoy the Sunrise/Sunset
    Father Thomas Berry says, "...our primary purpose is celebration. Celebration of the dawn and the sunset and the different seasons of the year is a religious ritual, a way in which humans can establish their integral relationship with the universe, with the planet Earth." Respond to Berry's assertion.

    Rachel Krewson's avatar
    Rachel Krewson 4/21/2020 12:28 PM
    Ritual is an important part of our society. This is part of the reason college and high school seniors across the globe feel such a sense of loss over cancelled graduations this spring. An accomplishment of this sort usually has a celebration, yet it is not safe to gather in proper celebratory tradition right now. I am looking forward to the times I can gather with my college friends once again to celebrate our successes and the memories along the way. (Shout out to all of you who are wonderful friends!)
    Nature Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How do we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

    Rachel Krewson's avatar
    Rachel Krewson 4/21/2020 12:25 PM
    Right now, I am very grateful for all the experiences I was able to have at Dickinson. Although I am so sad that my time there has ended in this fashion, I know it is only sad because I was so happy there. Additionally, I am able to appreciate the simpler things in life right now, like the safety and health of my family and friends, the ability to afford food and other necessities, and a comfortable home life that I can always come back to. I hope we can all take time to reflect in this time of isolation, and give proper thanks to the things that have made us who we are today as well as the fortunes we experience daily, even in a time of crisis.
    Nature Leave No Trace
    Educator Stephanie Kaza advises her students to focus on what they care about most when addressing the enormity of ecological problems. Is there a specific area you feel particularly called to work on?

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    Rachel Krewson 4/21/2020 12:20 PM
    I feel very connected to water related issues. My studies and work experiences have guided me in this direction so far, and I feel at peace when surrounded by a natural water source. Water is such a simple concept in our lives, and yet it is amazingly complex when you study it in detail. I am grateful for the knowledge I have gained and hope to take it with me and make a difference in my future community.
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

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    Rachel Krewson 4/21/2020 12:17 PM
    It is hard to choose other activities over screen time, especially in the times of online classes. This is actually something that really bothered me about online classes. I feel like I cannot escape the screen, whether I am doing readings, participating in classes, or writing papers. Although some screen time is required on campus, I now have trouble escaping it unlike before. My family and I have enjoyed board games, puzzles, and exercise outside to escape the screens from time to time.

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    Neil Leary 4/21/2020 11:43 AM
    Which of your EcoChallenge behaviors do you think will stick? The ones that I intend to continue are exercising daily, reducing refined sugar, and composting. I'm signed up for another volunteer shift at Project SHARE. After that I want to find time to continue volunteering regularly when life is more normal. I'll try to keep a good work/life balance, but I've always struggled with that one. I finally switched my electricity supplier to a renewable source! (Go to PA Power Switch if you want to do the same). The home energy review that I did reminded me that I still need to add insulation to my home. 

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    Mariana Past 4/21/2020 7:49 AM
    So on the next to the last day of this challenge, I can share a final water-saving strategy that has worked well thus far.  Placing a full liter bottle in the tank of the toilet has...NOT affected efficacy of water flow, despite some early concerns on the part of my better 2/3, heh heh.  No idea how much water this has saved. I may sneak a second bottle in there and push the envelope a bit further.  ; )
    Health Reduce refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Bridgette Watkins 4/21/2020 6:53 AM
    While I have not been able to reduce refined sugar intake each day of this challenge, I was able to reduce it several days and still noticed a few differences (also comparing this experience to other seasons of reducing refined sugar). I know my body quickly reverts back to craving refined sugars if I've consumed them more often in a season. While I don't like thinking that I could be addicted to sugar, I know that's how the brain works, and I plan to continue this goal of less consumption for a while longer to help my body change its pattern of craving sugar!
    Trying to be extra mindful about reducing sugars reminds me how easily my body wants it. But, it's helpful knowing this pattern so I can reason with myself in the moments when my body desires sugar. Throughout this season of less sugar intake, I can tell I have more energy overall and even desire healthier foods.
    Ah...while sugar will most likely be a near addiction throughout life, it helps when I keep the perspective that it's my duty to steward my body well to then be able to use my body to help throughout the world!

  • Giuseppe Collia's avatar
    Giuseppe Collia 4/20/2020 6:28 PM
    Unstructured time has made it difficult to be focused on doing my work, but I also value the reduced pressure to always fill my time.  The pandemic has to some extent freed me from some pressures of capitalism.

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      Mariana Past 4/21/2020 7:59 AM
      I hear you!  And I remember related conversations from SPAN 410, back in the fall.  Seems that at this point certain cruceros are NOT going forward, and with so many stores closed, we're having to all be much more creative/innovative with what we have.  Like, after realizing that there's no elastic left to be purchased on the planet, realizing one can substitute a kiddo's outgrown headbands for the ear loops on fabric face masks.  OK, TMI.  Just having fun on the last day here!  And procrastinating on planning for some final sessions on Zoom.  ; )  Giuseppe, do share some of the ways you've skirted capitalist pressures!