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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Marc LeFebre

A Cleaner Texas

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Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

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Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

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Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

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Contact your Elected Officials

#23 Farmland Restoration

I will contact 1 elected officials to voice my opinion on the importance of restoring farmland in my region, including both public and private land.

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Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 50 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

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Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

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  • Marc LeFebre's avatar
    Marc LeFebre 5/02/2019 9:22 AM
    Acquiring local food is difficult!  Changing or even slightly modifying several of my behaviors simultaneously is difficult. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Marc LeFebre 5/02/2019 9:21 AM
    I can make better, more affordable purchases, and waste less food. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

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    Marc LeFebre 5/02/2019 9:20 AM
    Improved efficiency of digestion resulting in better health and greater level of comfort. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    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. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Marc LeFebre 5/02/2019 9:20 AM
    I would prefer to save for retirement.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Contact your Elected Officials
    Do you have any personal connections to a farm or farmland? If so, what are they? What feelings are evoked for you when thinking about declining farmland?

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    Marc LeFebre 5/02/2019 9:19 AM
    My grandparents lived on a farm when I was young. I have a strong emotional connection to that farm, although it no longer exists. It is now  an neighborhood of houses. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Marc LeFebre 5/02/2019 9:17 AM
    Dependable fresh food inspires me the most of the benefits. Supporting local farmers for increased food security also is a major benefit. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    Marc LeFebre 5/02/2019 9:16 AM
    An emphasis on high protein diet, combined with affordability of meat. I think American's tend to think of meat as the staple of their diet and as part of a healthy diet. 

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    Marc LeFebre 3/27/2019 1:43 PM
    You can answer on this website discussion board, or if you prefer to email me, my address is mLefebre@fishwildlife.org. 

    If by chance you think you could make it to the NAAEE conference in October, of course we would love to include you as a co-presenter if you wish.  One of my collegues who is also associated with NAAEE's climate change education professional circle will be one of the co-presenters and I believe she will be submitting the proposal this week. 

    I look forward to learning more about how you got connected to the Drawdown Eco-challenge.

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      Marc LeFebre 3/28/2019 3:27 PM
      Thanks Becky.  We will be submitting the NAAEE conference proposal tomorrow. I will list you as one of the co-presenters. Then, if it turns out you are not able to attend, we can later take you off as a presenter. 

    • Becky Hardin's avatar
      Becky Hardin 3/28/2019 9:04 AM
      I just sent you an e-mail with the information you requested. I apologize if it's more than you intended ^_^"

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      Becky Hardin 3/27/2019 6:36 PM
      I would love to be a co-presenter. I need to check with work to see if I can get that time off and I will be able to let you know by Friday. 

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    Marc LeFebre 3/26/2019 10:24 AM
    I am planning on Co-presenting a roundtable conference discussion about my experience with the Drawdown Challenge at the 2019 meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) that will take place in October in Kentucky. 

    Becky--I would like to include mention of how our "A Cleaner Texas" team got started.  Is it okay with you if I use your name in the discussion as the founder?  And if so, can you provide a bit of information about your background and how you learned about the Drawdown Challenge? Also, might you be attending this conference?

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      Becky Hardin 3/27/2019 1:18 PM
      That would be amazing! I would be happy to give you that information. Do you want me to answer on this website or is their an email you would prefer?

      I was unaware of this conference, but I'm definitely interested in it now.

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    Marc LeFebre 3/11/2019 8:17 AM
    Greetings "A Cleaner Texas" team.  I look forward to our upcoming Drawdown Challenge in April.  I wanted to let you know about a webinar tomorrow evening, March 12, at 7:00 PM Central time title "Drawdown EcoChallenge Webinar."  This webinar will feature Sarah Duffer, Asheville High School (NC) teacher, who led the Spring 2018 winning EcoChallenge team.  I invite you to join us.  For information on the webinar, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a2c6f25679c63dce4ac87b605f06faf5. 
         Marc LeFebre
         Project WILD Program Manager
         Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies