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  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

    Samantha LaRocca's avatar
    Samantha LaRocca 4/23/2020 7:25 AM
    Wait up to 2-3 days before purchasing an item I'm interested in. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Power Down the Computer
    What are other easy things you could do to save energy and reduce your environmental footprint?

    Elizabeth  Hiser 's avatar
    Elizabeth Hiser 4/22/2020 6:08 AM
    We always pull the plug on our modem every night and unplug cords from the wall when a unit (iPad or phone) is not being charged.
    Also, my cell phone is mostly used as that, a phone when I am not at home.  At home, it is turned off so it does not need charging often.
  • 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?

    Jasmin Mendez's avatar
    Jasmin Mendez 4/20/2020 8:10 PM
    5 minute showers have actually not been that hard! They made me realize how much time I used to waste just standing there.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Replace Manual Thermostats
    How do you anticipate replacing your thermostats for programmable ones will positively impact your life?

    Elizabeth  Hiser 's avatar
    Elizabeth Hiser 4/20/2020 6:52 AM
    By setting a time for adjusting to changes in temperature outside, the house can maintain a comfortable feeling instead of playing catch-up to the change which seems to take longer.

  • Elizabeth  Hiser 's avatar
    Elizabeth Hiser 4/20/2020 6:47 AM
    My outdoor commitments have been difficult due to the change in weather and/or temperatures since I signed up.

  • Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:19 PM
    Everything is going well.  I'm enjoying sharing the ideas I get with my family, and they like to see the points adding up.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:18 PM
    We can hold town meetings to talk about water conservation, as well as how to prevent pollution of waterways.  It seems to be doing really well, as streams are clear.  
  • 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.

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:16 PM
    I'm sure we have all of this in our area, but they come at unexpected times.  I'm lucky to live in a neighborhood where many folks collect their water to use on plants, and water conservation is discussed in town meetings.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-Waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:14 PM
    I generally pick vegetables, like cucumbers, for which I use every part.  For broccoli, I cut up the stalks, as well, and cook them into breakfast with eggs or into dinner with the stir-fry.  Stir-fry is a great way to use all the parts of the vegetable.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Gerardina Martin's avatar
    Gerardina Martin 4/15/2020 8:12 PM
    This does not surprise me.  I am very frugal, so $1500 a year would go a long way for my family.  However, we typically plan our meals, and with five kids, there are never any leftovers.  Additionally, I use all food purchased, and we do not throw anything away.