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April 3 - April 24, 2019

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  • Reflection Question
    Land Use 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?

    Vivian Okwuagwu's avatar
    Vivian Okwuagwu 4/30/2019 12:04 PM
    Human economic activity, urban development and population growth will continue, even as local/global conservation efforts expand. Balance is critical so we can we can advance both sustainability practices and human development.

    An example of balance is shifting how/where food is produced, in such a way that people can get better nutrition from food grown locally, while land/water resources are conserved, and carbon emissions from trucking are reduced.
  • 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?

    Steve Lane's avatar
    Steve Lane 4/26/2019 8:48 AM
    enjoyed communicating with other people on the street or in the community where I waled
  • 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?

    Steve Lane's avatar
    Steve Lane 4/26/2019 8:46 AM
    When I empty the trash cans at home, I go through them to pull out the recyclables; and encourage other family members to recycle more


  • Reflection Question
    Transport Research and Advocate for High-Speed Rail
    What are the factors that influence your choice of transportation? These can include things like money, time, and convenience, as well as perceptions of danger or safety. What would need to change for you to regularly choose more climate-friendly options?

    Steve Lane's avatar
    Steve Lane 4/26/2019 8:44 AM
    My primary factor is schedule.  I will chose to walk or take public transportation whenever possib.e
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Research Cement Alternatives
    Concrete is a good example of a material that most of us encounter every day, but may its carbon footprint is not obvious. What other everyday materials might have a large carbon footprint? How can you find out more?

    Manaswini Condoor's avatar
    Manaswini Condoor 4/25/2019 4:06 PM
    Cement is a major constituent of concrete having a huge carbon footprint. While I cannot determine that use of concrete can be completely eliminated in the near future, I can possibly say that lot of recent research has shown that industrial recycled products and fly ash can be infused with cement for various benefits. Also, self-healing concrete can really save huge amounts by reducing the need for renovation. Let's go green!
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Explore Other Transport Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Manaswini Condoor's avatar
    Manaswini Condoor 4/25/2019 4:02 PM
    Being a transportation engineer, I always had the curiosity about changing modes due to technological advancements and my major research constitutes shared autonomous vehicles, which integrates sustainability and human comfort. 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Choose Better Wood Products
    Beyond carbon sequestration, what other benefits do forests offer you personally?

    Manaswini Condoor's avatar
    Manaswini Condoor 4/25/2019 4:00 PM
    This challenge has provided me with a lot of information, and since then I started looking for the FSC label while buying wood products. Not only me, but my friends and family also doing the same due to awareness.

  • Hitesh shah's avatar
    Hitesh shah 4/25/2019 12:14 PM
    Ate vegetarian breakfast and lunch.  I will skip the dinner today.

  • Hitesh shah's avatar
    Hitesh shah 4/25/2019 12:13 PM
    Rode bicycle to train station, took the train and bus to work at the Newark airport.  Will do the same on the return journey .

  • Hitesh shah's avatar
    Hitesh shah 4/25/2019 12:11 PM
    Went for 2 kilometer jogging on the track .