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  • Reflection Question
    Nature Explore My Area
    How might spending more time outdoors enhance your brainpower?

    Taryn Baxter's avatar
    Taryn Baxter 4/20/2020 5:08 PM
    Spending time outdoors helps me (and I'm sure many other people) be more focused when I go back to work. I have found that I am more motivated if I start my day with physical activity. Also, in light of current events it can boost your immune system to spend times outdoors. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

    Taryn Baxter's avatar
    Taryn Baxter 4/18/2020 11:29 AM
    It is definitely easier to do this challenge because of quarantine, but I am still trying to do mostly everything online. My friends and I had a Zoom meeting today instead of all separately driving our cars and meeting somewhere. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

    Taryn Baxter's avatar
    Taryn Baxter 4/17/2020 10:31 AM
    It's very easy for me to just not buy plastic water bottles because of where I live. I know other places aren't as lucky because they don't have a clean water source, but I also always carry a reusable water bottle with me. I don't know about other areas of the world, but it's almost a fashion statement to have a Hydroflask or a Yeti where I'm from. It's definitely looked down upon to be holding a plastic water bottle. 
  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Taryn Baxter's avatar
    Taryn Baxter 4/17/2020 10:17 AM
    I agree with Kathleen Dean Moore. I think the more you appreciate something, the more you want that thing to succeed and stay healthy. Everyday it is important to be grateful for the things around you. It doesn't always have to pertain to nature; however, nature is our livelihood and therefore important to revere as such. As a society I think it's important that we protect the resources we all share. 
  • 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?

    Savannah Porter's avatar
    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:31 PM
    One of the next steps that I can take is watching what products I use in the shower to make sure that no micro plastics or chemicals are going down the drain and into our water supply. 

  • 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?

    Savannah Porter's avatar
    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:30 PM
    Usually we use a lot of single-use coffee cups which could be easily substituted for a reusable cup.

  • 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 reusable 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 create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Savannah Porter's avatar
    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:28 PM
    If I find myself in a position of not having a reusable bag with me when I am getting groceries I always try and carry as much as I can without a bag and or use the cart to put the items in. One way that as a family we try and use reusable bags and not forget is we leave a lot in the cars so that way we always have them and don't have to worry about forgetting them once we leave the house.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Recycle Everything I Can
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:24 PM
    In my area we have specific recycle bins for our trash which make it much easier to remember to recylce anything you can and also a good encouragement. We also have a lot of recycle places for your clothes around which make it super easy to drop off you clothes and go. In my household we actually have a garbage can that is seperated into recycle and non-recycle which makes it very easy but the hardest part of recycling is the bigger items because sometimes we really don't think that they are recyclable since we don't use them as often. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

    Savannah Porter's avatar
    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:20 PM
    One thing that we can do to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic water bottles is make a choice instead of buying a plastic water bottle, fill a water bottle up at your house and bring it to the event. One barrier is that you need to wash your water bottle after you are done using it instead of just throwing it away. This might be an extra step but it reduces the plastic on Earth. You could easily make this a permanent habit by just trying each day to fill up a water bottle instead of buying a plastic one. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    Who is most affected by environmental degration and/or environmental irresponsiblity in your community? How are they affected?

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    Angela Okey 4/01/2020 10:51 AM
    Well, since the city and township got rid of glass recycling for our community, I feel everyone is affected by that. However, hopefully, that will be changing very soon. It is good to see how many people were concerned when no one could no longer recycle glass.

    Others affected by environmental irresponsibility are those who live along the lake and have troubles due to erosion, those in areas where there is more pollution.