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  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 7:09 PM
    It was fairly easy to change my diet considering I don't typically consume cocoa or palm oil. However, I do consume a lot of coffee! That explains why this question caught my attention. I was happy to find out that my chosen brand of coffee, Joe coffee company, does not contribute to deforestation -- so no diet change was needed in regards to these substances. However, I will be sure to avoid other products that contribute to deforestation. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 4:06 PM
    Regenerative agriculture allows landscapes to renew themselves. Otherwise, the landscape experiences great damage -- as do the organisms and creatures living upon it. By taking a regenerative approach to farming, we are not only saving the land, we are saving the beautiful creatures that live on it by providing them a more suitable, healthy ecosystem and also advocating for healthy treatment of livestock. The TED talk on regenerative farming speaks about how holistic grazing is a concept widely accepted by regenerative farmers. There's no doubt that the animals are healthier and happier this way.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More about Biomass
    Had you ever heard of biomass technology before you took this challenge? What did you learn that surprised you? Share your new knowledge with your friends!

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 3:50 PM
    I hadn't heard of biomass technology before taking this course at Brockport. I was surprised to read that in the UK,  farms and residential areas are thriving off the use of poultry litter and coffee grounds for biomass purposes. Farms that use biomass plants with poultry litter are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 90% compared to farms which use petroleum. Similarly, over 15,000 homes in London, UK have been heated by waste from coffee grounds. Who knew that everyday things could be turned into energy sources!



  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. In what ways (i.e. with money, time, advocacy) can you invest in geothermal energy?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 3:12 PM
    While the most obvious way to invest would be through donating money, I think one of the most impactful ways we can advocate for geothermal energy would be through spreading education! There is a stigma around renewable energy sources that they are 1) too expensive and 2) too inefficient. Geothermal proves both of those statements wrong -- and the more we say that & prove that geothermal energy is actually 400% effective AND cost efficient -- the more people will invest their money, time, and advocacy into this form of renewable energy.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 2:58 PM
    My vision of a sustainable community would focus on further action than just reducing, reusing, and recycling. We need to actively work to combat the damage that has already been done and I applaud MSU for how they're taking action on their campus. While it may not be financially plausible for SUNY Brockport to develop an anaerobic digester right now, I think this is something that could be done on larger campuses -- like RIT in Rochester. I'd love to see steps like this be taken in my community.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Learn More about Micro Wind
    Micro turbines can be placed on large structures to take advantage of stronger, steadier breezes. The Eiffel Tower now sports vertical axis turbines that produce electricity for use on site. Where could micro turbines potentially be installed in your city?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 2:53 PM
    Being in a suburb of Rochester, it's obvious that Rochester could use micro turbines on some of their tallest buildings. The Xerox tower is taller than the statue of liberty by 100+ feet. In Brockport, we don't have many tall buildings in this small town. However, I wonder if it could be a possibility to install micro turbines on the high-rise dorm buildings that are located on campus!
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Explore Other Electricity Solutions
    What is the most exciting solution you explored? Why is it exciting to you?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 2:42 PM
    The most exciting solution to me was the idea of using geothermal energy to generate electricity. Some energy sources, like wind turbine power, depend on a variable source. For example, the turbines won't turn if the wind isn't strong enough. So, more dependable, 24/7 forms of renewable energy (like geothermal) is essential to the growth of renewable energy as a whole.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 1:15 PM
    While I already make it a priority to recycle everything I can, I've learned that recycling isn't as effective as we think. This is because most people skip the first two steps (reduce and reuse). I am guilty of that as well. Recycling the plastic container isn't as effective as not buying it in the first place or reusing it. During this challenge I took initiative to begin reusing items that I would normally just recycle. For example, plastic takeout containers are now saved as Tupperware. Glass food jars are now saved as vases, decorations, or for item/food storage. While I am proud of myself for decreasing the amount of items I recycle and instead reusing them, I definitely need to focus on reducing my waste all together. I'd like to avoid purchasing single use plastics.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 1:11 PM
    It seems like electric cars or fuel-efficient vehicles are more cost effective! As a college student, this is a main concern of mine especially as I prepare to graduate and head into the world on own. Money management is a big deal and having a car that reduces green house gas emissions WHILE saving me money would be a huge benefit for me! For example, the article from energysage.com explains how EVs can be less costly: 1) research estimates that electronic vehicles cost half as much money to operate compared to standard gas-powered cars 2) fewer maintenance requirements and lower maintenance costs. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation 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?

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    Briana Fortier 3/19/2021 12:58 PM
    I'd say the factors which most influence my transportation choices are money, convenience, and needing to feel safe. However, I am guilty of placing convenience above all others -- I feel like we take convenience for granted in America. For some reason, it feels easier or more convenient to hop into your car and go wherever you want whenever you want. Time plays into this as well. It's much more convenient for me to drive 9 minutes to work than walk 45 minutes. As far as safety, I feel much more relief knowing that I am alone and sheltered in my own vehicle than I would in public transportation or walking alone at certain times of the day. I realize that I am privileged to even have the choice to drive my own car to wherever I want whenever I want but this convenience and safety also leads to a higher production of green house gas emissions. In order to regularly choose more climate-friendly options, I would need to manage my time more efficiently and plan for longer journeys to work (walking) and I would research how to keep myself safe on these walks (pepper spray, defensive fighting, etc) or avoid walking at night.