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April 3 - April 24, 2019

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter 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?

    Materials Go Paperless
    What do you want to prioritize over material 'stuff' in your own life?

    Emily Andrews's avatar
    Emily Andrews 4/24/2019 10:26 AM
    I'm not going to get to this challenge of reducing paper by online billing and subscriptions. Darn. I actually wanted to dig into all the junk mail I receive at work and home and get off mailing lists. But this takes a lot of time! There used to be a great app for this, but it seems to have gone away. If anyone has any good tips for reducing junk mail, I'm all ears!

    • Johanna Schweiss's avatar
      Johanna Schweiss 4/25/2019 2:28 PM
      If you're getting lots of unsolicited credit card offers, you can turn them off for 5 years here: I found this to make a big difference for us! And is better for privacy/security. 

      This website supposedly makes it easy to opt out of mailers: I think I remember looking into this, and couldn't turn off the annoying ad packets/store coupons that bug me the most! Might be worth the $2 if you haven't gotten into it already. 
    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?

    Emily Andrews's avatar
    Emily Andrews 4/24/2019 10:24 AM
    While I didn't meet the challenge of taking a daily walk, when I did, it made my day better! Being outside, noticing changes in the weather, noticing how walkable my neighborhood is - all contribute to a better sense of place. 
    Buildings and Cities Online Energy Audit
    What are your next steps for saving energy?

    Maggie McCoy's avatar
    Maggie McCoy 4/24/2019 9:46 AM
    Doing an energy audit is still on my list of things to do. My house is very old and I know there is poor insulation in a number of places. While we have replaced a number of large ticket items the past couple years, including the HVAC and the water heater, I know there are still things we can do to improve how energy is used in our home.
    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?

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    Maggie McCoy 4/24/2019 9:41 AM
    In my neighborhood, most of the human activities that impact water are related to how people care for their yards, manage their HHW, and manage their pet waste. I had some mulch left over from putting in a vegetable garden and did not know it could help manage water runoff by our tree. 
    Buildings and Cities Replace Manual Thermostats
    How do you anticipate replacing your thermostats for smart ones will positively impact your life?

    Johanna Schweiss's avatar
    Johanna Schweiss 4/24/2019 8:10 AM
    I didn't get around to this task during this EcoChallenge, but it's still on my list! Ameren Missouri offers heavily discounted smart thermostats in their online store, and you can sign up for $25 off your bill to participate in their summer demand response program called Peak Time Savings. Lowering our demand for electricity during times of highest demand helps balance the grid, and reduces ghg emissions.
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Mary Fitzgerald's avatar
    Mary Fitzgerald 4/24/2019 7:51 AM
    Any food choice affects my health and the health of the planet. I feel good supporting local farmers and try to buy organic when I can. I've paid more intention to what grains I eat and how they are grown.
    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?

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    Jenna Jarvis 4/24/2019 7:49 AM
    With Engineers without Borders I was leading a team to build a bridge in Kenya. There was one Kenyan woman on our construction team with mostly males. One day, we had to cut half of the laborers because we were only doing some light painting. The lady looked at me and asked for the job, but I was so afraid of stepping on the toes of the Kenyan supervisor and crossing cultural boundaries that I didn't fight for her. I regret that decision. I know at least we were able to create jobs for her and the other Kenyans for a few days. 
    Transport Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

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    Mary Fitzgerald 4/24/2019 7:49 AM
    I commuted to school by bike. My Dad commuted by bike and bus to work for 30 years. My first car was the most efficient car I could find and so will our next one. A testimony can make a difference.  My sisters each have a Prius. Cost savings is a great incentive,
    Transport Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1.5 tons of CO2. What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

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    Mary Fitzgerald 4/24/2019 7:45 AM
    Choose to stay home and join he meeting call in.
    Transport Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

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    Mary Fitzgerald 4/24/2019 7:44 AM
    We discovered wonderful places to visit in our state. A family vacation is really about time spent together experiencing new places. We don't have to go far to do that.