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Janet Parks

UU Church of Berkeley

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Janet's Actions

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Using and tending the grey water system

I don't want to forget to use it. It takes some management, especially at first.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Install a grey water system at home

Put two 55 gal tanks in the basement to collect water and pump it to the garden. Water conservation

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Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

I will avoid buying and using 1 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 2
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Industry

Learn about the impact of old refrigerants

I will spend 20 minute(s) learning about the climate impact of refrigerants and what climate-friendly refrigerants are by using the links provided

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One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Organic Growing Methods

Nutrient Management

I will buy organic cotton and foods grown without the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

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Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 10 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 2
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Electricity

Electrify Everything

To pledge to replace appliances that are fossil fuel run with appliances that are electric. To promote that action with friends and family. For me that includes dryers, hot water heater, heaters, and car.

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    Janet Parks 4/14/2021 7:35 PM
    As a resident of Kensington, I'm eager for our community to have a green waste pick-up that includes kitchen organics. I have a plan to talk with a city council member but I also have questions for my team-mates here. Does anyone have good, nerdy data from a cost/benefit analysis of municipal composting? Also, where are the actual composter plants around here? Every community seems to have a different pick-up company but they must share composting facilities at the other end. Lucinda, I hear that you are interested in this topic. Wanna chat? My number is 510-558-0405. (land line) Perhaps I will take on this project; bringing others along to support it and use the service will be important.  Your input is invited!

    • Lucinda Young's avatar
      Lucinda Young 4/14/2021 10:33 PM
      Christienne's email: cdetournay@gmail.com

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      Lucinda Young 4/14/2021 10:22 PM
      Janet, I think this is a great project! I was surprised to learn that Kensington (& thus UUCB) does not have municipal compost pick up when the surrounding communities do.  When the church was open I, along with Joanne Wile, took compost home from church on Sundays to place in our Albany municipal green cans rather than send it to the landfill. Ideally, the church could do its own composting but that requires someone to organize & manage it, & no one seemed able to take that on.  I'm sorry but I don't have any cost/benefit data to share. Albany uses Waste Management & Berkeley uses Recology. I can put you in touch with Christienne de Tournay, who is chair of Berkeley's Zero waste commission, and I expect she can help with information to share with your city council person. 

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    Janet Parks 4/05/2021 4:36 PM
    Just today I got on the team I meant to join and this is my first post. I went through the site's food and agriculture category today. I joined a CSA; the first delivery is mid- May.  I watched a video on using radish leaves and fennel stems and leaves. That was useful.  I'm trying to be open minded that this will be a substantive activity ecologically... I'm not sure yet. I look forward to meeting you, my team-mates! Am very happy to have met Sheila. 

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      Sheila Tarbet 4/08/2021 9:25 AM
      Hi, Janet, Really glad to meet you and glad you're on our team! We are currently getting fruits and veggies from Farm Fresh to You. We're thinking about cutting back now that we feel safe going to the grocery store again. But I've learned so much about produce being a member of FF2U.

    • Lucinda Young's avatar
      Lucinda Young 4/06/2021 9:16 PM
      Thumbs up for joining a CSA!  I've been a Full Belly Farm CSA member for many years.