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  • Sarah Lai's avatar
    Sarah Lai 4/24/2019 9:28 AM
    I couldn't find a master composter class in this area!  I'll keep looking...
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Mulch the Base of Trees and Plants
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Sarah Lai's avatar
    Sarah Lai 4/24/2019 9:24 AM
    globally and locally development of the land surrounding water systems is having a negative impact on our water systems.  Making sure that our trash and chemicals are not getting into our water systems and keeping protected lands protected can help.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

    Sarah Lai's avatar
    Sarah Lai 4/24/2019 9:19 AM
    Be cognizant of what I'm buying and take the extra few seconds it takes to figure out the best way to recycle or reuse something
  • 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?

    Sarah Lai's avatar
    Sarah Lai 4/24/2019 9:16 AM
    I think it is a habit that people don't really think about...culturally meat has become so ingrained in every meal.  But there are so many delicious alternatives and good plant-based protein sources, I think we just need to get the word out and people need to give it a try.
  • 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?

    Jessica Buck's avatar
    Jessica Buck 4/23/2019 3:03 PM
    Interesting to see how long foods are really "good " for.. I now know that eggs can last longer than a couple weeks in the fridge!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Research Heat Pumps
    Why is taking action on climate change important to you? Why do you care?

    Jessica Buck's avatar
    Jessica Buck 4/23/2019 3:00 PM
    Hard concenpt to grasp that a heat pump uses the cold air outside to heat your house!
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Plan to Insulate
    What are some of the benefits of making your home more energy efficient?

    Jessica Buck's avatar
    Jessica Buck 4/23/2019 2:57 PM
    Saving money is always an incentive!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

    Jessica Buck's avatar
    Jessica Buck 4/23/2019 2:52 PM
    Interesting to see how this is done.. wonder how much it cost to build a plant vs how much energy is generated...
  • 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?

    Sarah Lai's avatar
    Sarah Lai 4/18/2019 7:57 AM
    Smaller portions = More leftovers and saving money!
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Public Transit
    How has your access to various kinds of transporation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Alison Bliven's avatar
    Alison Bliven 4/15/2019 2:19 PM
    I grew up in a rural town where you needed a car to get to work, go to the store, really do anything. Carpooling was uncommon as everyone lived so far away from one another. Going from this environment to living in Boston which is a very walkable city with multiple options for public transport (the T, busses, commuter line) was amazing - I could get practically anywhere and I didn't have to be focused on driving or upkeep on a car! When I moved to Seattle a couple years ago, I lost that walkability and extensive system of transport options, however I still mostly use the busses and/or link light rail fairly frequently - to work, the airport, stores/friends places that are easy to access. By sharing one car with my husband who works in Kent (really hard to get to without a car), I also don't really have the option of driving during the week if I don't feel like taking the bus (however I'm very cheap so would not be interested in paying the parking downtown if I were to drive anyway!). The fact that VM is able to provide an ORCA card at such a great yearly price is also a great motivator for me.