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April 3 - April 24, 2019

Team SouthCoast Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons?

    Devyn Perry's avatar
    Devyn Perry 5/06/2019 11:20 AM
    Action Track: Social Justice Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

    Valerie Vong's avatar
    Valerie Vong 5/06/2019 9:52 AM
    It is important to not do too little.
    Materials Choose Recycled Paper
    Good job on choosing recycled paper! How can you take your action a step further?

    Mary Rapoza's avatar
    Mary Rapoza 4/26/2019 1:59 PM
    I will encourage the city's resiliency committee to consider action around municipal and business offices purchasing of only post consumer recycled paper.
    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?

    Brooke Boulds's avatar
    Brooke Boulds 4/26/2019 11:06 AM
    Eating smaller portions benefits us in other ways such as weight loss. 
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

    Kyle Pacheco's avatar
    Kyle Pacheco 4/25/2019 8:55 AM
    This subject went along with my palm oil challenge, I saw through research how much my palm oil consumption leads to deforestation of tropical rain forests and how it displaces animals and indigenous people for profit. I was shocked by this information, and instantly removed this product from my diet. In addition to avoiding palm oil, I will try to educate my friends and family about this additive to food and how this contributes to their impact on a global scale.
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Kyle Pacheco's avatar
    Kyle Pacheco 4/25/2019 8:52 AM
    This. Was. Super. Difficult. I never knew how much palm oil was placed in my food items. It seemed like every item I picked up I saw "palm oil", which I was shocked about. Why do so many items need palm oil? Then I did some research and I found out that it was just a cheap substitute in products, basically just to cut corners. Then it all made sense, again the environment is utilized in a negative way to produce a product to cut costs and to increase profits. Now that I am hyper-aware of this addictive I will be fully remove it from my diet whenever possible. 
    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?

    Kyle Pacheco's avatar
    Kyle Pacheco 4/25/2019 8:47 AM
    I never really thought how much driving I do between classes across my college campus, of course this adds up, however these thoughts do not come to the surface of my consciousness.  Right away after the first few days of the EcoChallenge I realized how quickly I went to my car to drive to a building across campus - which in actuality was a quicker getting to via walking. Through this, I realized my impact through my driving habits, something I thought I was good at. In addition, I enjoyed walking through campus to meetings, work, and classes. I saw professors, friends, and coworkers I usually never saw and added to my sense of campus community. This is a practice that I expect and would like continue because it adds to my campus experience.
    Electricity Generation Rooftop Solar Consultation
    Identify some ways in which modern human societies have become unsustainable. What kind of roles do individuals have in creating and changing practices in society?

    Shane Sher's avatar
    Shane Sher 4/24/2019 4:55 PM
    If we are try to be good models for each other then we can all make a difference. 
    Transport Conduct Virtual Meetings
    How can you ensure that your virtual meetings honor your values and your company's culture?

    Shane Sher's avatar
    Shane Sher 4/24/2019 4:53 PM
    If you have very clear guidelines before you start the meetings then virtual meetings can be very efficient and effective. 
    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?

    Shane Sher's avatar
    Shane Sher 4/24/2019 3:05 PM
    It reminds me of the song that my wife use to play about the 3 Rs