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  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Jillian Owens's avatar
    Jillian Owens 3/19/2021 3:38 PM
    Meat is more expensive and harder to produce, so people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places. Eating more meat is not as good for your body as eating mostly fruits and vegetables. It is also worse for the environment because the livestock and meat production adds to the air pollution.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use More Fruits And Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

    Jillian Owens's avatar
    Jillian Owens 3/19/2021 3:34 PM
    When I eat more fruits and vegetables my body feels better and healthier and it also helps the planet by eating less processed foods that are made in ways that are not environmentally friendly.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry 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?

    Jillian Owens's avatar
    Jillian Owens 3/19/2021 3:25 PM
    I can use objects that I would normally just throw away to make other things like decorations and art projects. I can also try to buy things that won't create a lot of waste, like buying big bags of food instead of individually packaged food. I like implementing these "R's" because it makes me feel like I am doing something proactive to help the Earth. I also feel less wasteful. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    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 from eating/serving smaller portions?

    Jessica Kime's avatar
    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 7:13 AM
    Looking past the environmental benefits, you are likely to eat less food when using smaller plates or bowls which means you are consuming fewer calories than when eating the same foods but on larger plates and will in turn lose weight. You also won't waste as much food that was not eaten because there would be less on your plate from the start, so less risk of throwing away unused uneaten food which would save you money. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation 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?

    Jessica Kime's avatar
    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 6:31 AM
    I waited to post this at the end of the challenge since my walks take place in various areas. I completed some of my walks at Brockport Campus while between lectures, and there were ample sidewalks available to me, some walks were completed around my neighborhood and again, living in a small town (Hilton) there were ample sidewalks until you go outside of the village. Then some of my walks I completed at my place of work (in Greece NY) and while there was sidewalks, they were much more dilapidated and I had to be mindful to watch where I was walking so that I would not stub my toe and trip. I enjoyed walking around campus and around the village of Hilton, I felt safe and enjoyed people watching. While walking around the neighborhood my job is in was a nice change of pace and allowed me to clear my head when I was stressed about work things there was far less “nice” eye-pleasing stuff to view and I had to be more mindful of where I walked because of broken sidewalks or overgrown sidewalks. I think if all sidewalks were set up like the campus or village then I would have enjoyed walking near my work more. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Jessica Kime's avatar
    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 6:22 AM
    Meat is more expensive to produce so it costs more, because of this, other countries don’t have the luxury of eating a meat-rich diet, They need to get most of their food products from local sources that are cheaper to produce. For meat, you need the land to grow the animal’s food, harvest it and prepare it for them, and then the land and enclosures for the animals to live, the ability and equipment to slaughter and process them. Overall it is far more expensive to prepare and supply meat, that cost trickles down to the consumer, and less rich countries don’t have the capacity to perform meat production. Meat production contributes to global warming because of the methane gases released when cattle burp, the land usage that results in clearing forests for single crop growths eliminating plant diversity and ecosystems for animals to live in, and the land space for the animals which results in eliminating ecosystem space for native animals. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Encourage my company and/or organization to measure and manage their carbon footprint
    What else can you do to hold your organization accountable to implement sustainable practices?

    Jessica Kime's avatar
    Jessica Kime 3/18/2021 6:10 AM
    Other things that I could do to hold them accountable would be to eliminate single-use products like plastic silverware and move towards metal which would cut down on plastics, encourage that future vehicles we purchase for our fleet are hybrid or electric instead of traditional gas, push for purchasing eco-friendly products that were created from recycled items – like the paper we use in the printers, and adopting as many paper-free practices as possible. We can also conduct meetings on-site when everyone is there instead of creating offsite meetings or having people come into the office just for a meeting or switching to zoom meetings exclusively. 

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    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 from eating/serving smaller portions?

    Jenna Downey's avatar
    Jenna Downey 3/16/2021 11:59 AM
    Portion control is important because it allows you to have a tight handle on how many calories you are presumably consuming. This way, you eat what your body needs, instead of mindlessly overindulging
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Jenna Downey's avatar
    Jenna Downey 3/16/2021 11:57 AM
    A diet heavy in meat can cause many health issues like increasing the risk of obesity, cancer and heart disease. It also has a huge impact the planet. Raising cows, pigs and chickens generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks and automobiles combined.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

    Jenna Downey's avatar
    Jenna Downey 3/16/2021 11:54 AM
    I would rather use the saved money to pay for school books or keep and save for emergencies.