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  • Reflection Question
    Industry Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/17/2021 7:16 PM
    I could take clothes I no longer wear and use the fabric to make something new.  I could use fabric paint to change the look. I could also sew on things I already have . I don't know if this would count, but technically I wouldn't be buying anything, I could rent or borrow clothes.
  • 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?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/16/2021 6:51 PM
    The things I enjoy most are feeling closer to nature, and appreciating it, especially through my daughter's eyes. I enjoy the quality time with my family as well. I thing that is greatly needed is sidewalks, it's very hard to find sidewalks in Webster.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Invite a friend to calculate the carbon footprint of their household
    What kinds of discussions did you have, or are you hoping to have with friends about climate change?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/16/2021 6:44 PM
    As I learn more and more about climate change, I've been letting my family know what I learn, and hope to encourage a change in myself as well as them. Some family members have a great deal of knowledge already, and others are starting to learn along with me.
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/15/2021 7:42 PM
    My daughter, husband, and I like going on walks together, where we take in the nature, and pre covid we could catch up with neighbors. We especially like our walks around North Ponds where we can walk the trail, do the exercises posted, and feed the ducks. My daughter and I also enjoy riding our bikes, and we go a little faster ever since she learned to ride without training wheels. We are able to explore even more now, When we all three go on a walk, it's a great family bonding time, with the phone only used for music and nothing else, and of course I'll say again, taking in nature.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/15/2021 7:30 PM
    I'm not sure that I could use every part in a recipe, but I know I could use the discarded parts for compost.
  • 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?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/15/2021 7:28 PM
    For myself, it is a healthier lifestyle, reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and a slew of other health issues. For other people and our planet, I can also make sure to get my fruits and vegetables from local farmers markets, boosting the local economy and vendors. This would also reduce the carbon footprint, due to long truck hauls or overseas planes for delivery.
  • 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?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/15/2021 7:19 PM
    As a society, we tend to over indulge. This can lead to health issues such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These are all life threatening.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Learn about 'Green Gentrification'
    Cities and towns need to plan for climate change. How can your city or town make its climate action plans equitable and socially just?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/12/2021 11:18 AM
    one of the main problems is that with new plans for such things as green roofs and resilient parks, lower income communities, people of color, and migrant communities are getting overlooked and/or displaced. With these changes the price of real estate tends to go up, which can no longer be afforded. Now people have to move away from their communities, healthcare, stores, etc. Getting to work may now be an obstacle. Or these parks could be built where their buildings are, forcing moves.
  • 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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    Kelly Knefel 3/12/2021 10:53 AM
    I already practice some, but I could definitely work on more. I could request bills to be electronic instead of paper, including receipts at stores. I could refuse napkins, straws, and utensils when I get fast food or pick up food. I could also shop farmers markets more often.
  • 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?

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    Kelly Knefel 3/10/2021 7:15 PM
    Some of the r's I already do somewhat.  I refuse bags most the time, the times I don't are because I've forgotten my bags, I'm constantly trying to repair or repurpose things, not saying that I'm successful everytime, but I try. I have 3 water bottles I keep in my fridge and use those everyday, filling up my main water bottle with them, and then refilling those bottles up, so I always have cold water refills. I have a package of fun straws I got about 2 years ago for my daughter which I'm still trying to use since I already bought them, but we now have stainless steel straws. Some of the other stuff is daunting, but I'll be sure to give them a shot.