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April 3 - April 24, 2019

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  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Explore Other Buildings and Cities Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Mitchell Robles's avatar
    Mitchell Robles 4/25/2019 2:24 AM
    Never knew that small changes such as getting more pedestrians or focusing on pedestrians can bring more business to local shops and restaurants.
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Learn about the Need for Family Planning
    What did you learn about the need for family planning? Share some of the learning with your friends!

    Ariana Sweedler's avatar
    Ariana Sweedler 4/24/2019 6:29 PM
    In focusing on family planning and educating and empowering women, population decline and the benefits to the planet become the side effects. Contraception and equality are more important to the environment than many may believe. 
  • Reflection Question
    Women and Girls Make School More Affordable
    Why is it important that girls have equal access to education in order to reduce our global greenhouse gas emissions?

    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez's avatar
    Michelle Barranco-Ramirez 4/24/2019 6:28 PM
    Girls are not below men, and shouldn't be treated as a lower individual, we are not in the past anymore, everything has changed, we are in the 21st century. Without having that education, they won't be aware of the things happening around the world. If both genders come together, they can bring forth ideas that can work with the now existing ideas but not yet fully developed. One of those issues that can be worked on through the education taught in a classroom- the school environment is how to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Explore Other Buildings and Cities Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Ariana Sweedler's avatar
    Ariana Sweedler 4/24/2019 6:26 PM
    I already knew about some of the building and cities solutions, such as green roofs and cool roofs. The landfill methane solution I found very interesting. When you hear landfill and methane you automatically think of it as a bad thing. It's cool to see how innovative we can be in turning these things into something useful and beneficial. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Ariana Sweedler's avatar
    Ariana Sweedler 4/24/2019 6:17 PM
    I found the concept of biochar very interesting. I figured that burning anything would cause more problems. The benefits, including better soil and fuel source were certainly shocking.

  • Reflection Question
    Materials Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

    isabella catapano's avatar
    isabella catapano 4/24/2019 6:11 PM
    A simple way I found is if I find a song that I really enjoy, and try my best to make my showers last as long as the song. That way, my showering time is minimized and I can focus on being quick instead of indulging. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

    isabella catapano's avatar
    isabella catapano 4/24/2019 6:03 PM
    I believe that by driving, it separates myself from the people and environment around me. I've noticed that by walking, it allows me to be a bit more introspective whilst observing what is around me and appreciating all of the nature and people I am surrounded by. 

  • Devin Horwich's avatar
    Devin Horwich 4/24/2019 5:13 PM
    I love walking, the best part about it is observing your surroundings. I grew up in the city and i've always hated subways and busses. At the time I wasn't really aware of how environmentally friendly/unfriendly these actions were, but I was very aware that being underground and sitting in a vehicle waiting for it to take me somewhere was just depressing. It's so much nicer to just take a walk and enjoy the outdoors. There are a lot of buildings in the city that inspire environmentally friendly habits such as solar panel roofs, minimal glass, cutting down unnecessary light pollution, etc. However, the vast majority of Manhattan still has a very long way to go. NYC is one of (if not the worst) polluters in the nation. Seldom do we get a clear sky, light pollution is often abysmal... That being said, I am proud of my city in regards to the fact that I am seeing so many more tress on the streets than I've ever seen before. Central Park used to be the only actual area with trees, i'm starting to see them everywhere now. I'm glad to know that the city is putting in an honest effort. The next step we need to take is eradicating times square off the face of the Earth. Not only would it help the planet, it would improve the mental state of thousands of locals that actually have to live there/commute and walk through that heaping pile of garbage, lights, tourists, pollution, and anything else you can think of that will give you a migraine. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Choose Better Wood Products
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

    Emily Robinov's avatar
    Emily Robinov 4/24/2019 11:41 AM
    Besides carbon sequestration, forests offer many benefits such as an environment to explore the Earth. There are things in the forest that many will not see as they live in cities. Its important to explore and see the beauty within forests without disturbing the systems within the forests. 
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Explore Other Buildings and Cities Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Emily Robinov's avatar
    Emily Robinov 4/24/2019 11:30 AM
    I learned about a man named Oscar who owns a company called Conceptos Plasticos. His company takes plastic and transforms it into durable building blocks. They go around the city of Bogota and collect peoples plastics to recycle and reuse. They also help to educate those in that city on the importance of recycling. If these plastics were not being recycled, they would sit in a landfill for 400-500 years. These blocks were then used to build houses in slums nearby. While watching a video about this, I questioned if the process of melting the plastics would release chemical toxins into the air. Oscar explained how when they melt the plastic, they make sure to keep the temperature around the melting point to prevent burning the plastic and releasing chemical toxins into the air.