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April 3 - April 24, 2019

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  • Sarah Pylant's avatar
    Sarah Pylant 4/24/2019 6:39 AM
    I have definitely learned some new strategies and hope to continue to learn more ways to adjust or completely change how I live to support the planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Sarah Pylant's avatar
    Sarah Pylant 4/24/2019 6:38 AM
    I enjoy trying to think about nothing and just take in what is around me. 
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Support Women-Owned Businesses
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. How can you better support communities by supporting women? Can you share any past experiences that may help others take action?

    Sarah Pylant's avatar
    Sarah Pylant 4/24/2019 6:38 AM
    I have shopped at a local women-owned business, Trove, which supports fair-trade fashion. I shared this with a co-worker and will check out some of their Fashion Revolution Week information.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Try Carpooling
    List some of the places you frequent often (work, grocery store, natural areas). Could you choose one or two days a week to schedule driving with a friend, neighbor or co-worker to these places?

    Sarah Pylant's avatar
    Sarah Pylant 4/24/2019 6:37 AM
    Work, hiking, church,grocery. I could definitely carpool with my husband and potentially friends
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    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?

    Lisa Brown's avatar
    Lisa Brown 4/24/2019 5:46 AM
    I purchased an electric bike several years ago. Eventually, I switched to a regular bike. The electric bike purchase was motivated by environmental concerns, but it ended up leading me to gain confidence and skills with biking. Now, when possible, I use a combo of bike and bus to get to work.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

    Lisa Brown's avatar
    Lisa Brown 4/24/2019 5:44 AM
    This is a department-wide commitment. For nearly all meetings, staff can join remotely.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Express My Support
    How could better walking infrastructure make your city both more enjoyable and more equitable?

    Carol Lee's avatar
    Carol Lee 4/23/2019 3:06 PM
    Allows folks in my underprivileged neighborhood easier and faster access to public transportation.

  • Carol Lee's avatar
    Carol Lee 4/23/2019 3:05 PM
    Just sent TXDOT an email for more and better sidewalks in my neighborhood on the East Side.  A lot of people need these sidewalks to get to the bus.

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    Carol Lee 4/23/2019 3:04 PM
    Slow going but getting there!  Gave my first microloan and it feels great!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Social Justice Advocate for Forest Protection
    Higher standards of living are very often dependent on moving our environmental costs elsewhere. What are some specific ways in which the environmental impacts of your own lifestyle might be shifted elsewhere?

    Carol Lee's avatar
    Carol Lee 4/23/2019 2:46 PM
    Start raising chickens and reduce the carbon footprint for producing and transporting eggs.  Use chickens to eat your veggie and fruit scraps, and use their droppings as compost for a garden!