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  • Donna Doran's avatar
    Donna Doran 6/30/2021 10:23 AM
    I'm having trouble remembering to check in each day, then not sure how to go back to fill in actions for previous days. Will figure it out
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Calculate the carbon footprint of my household
    After you determined your carbon footprint, did you see what different choices you can make in order to reduce it?

    Sasha Ostrom's avatar
    Sasha Ostrom 6/19/2021 9:05 AM
    The carbon footprint calculator I used was not very helpful with regards to helping me make different choices, as it only covered a very small handful of factors I'm already aware of. I was hoping it might be much more detailed. Still, as a tool for calculating carbon offsets it worked well enough.

  • Sasha Ostrom's avatar
    Sasha Ostrom 6/17/2021 2:14 PM
    In the interest of trying to escape palm oil and its derivatives, I've been on a hunt for milk that doesn't include it. So far no luck, including with multiple brands of organic milk. So I've been looking into oat milk as an alternative for some things since I've enjoyed it off and on. I have it at home now to try and this should cut cow milk consumption in at least half, possibly more. I just wish the oat milk sold at stores near me had more protein.

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    Judi Egbert 6/15/2021 6:50 PM
    Had never heard of silvopasture before. It makes very good sense. Livestock would appreciate the tree shade.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Building Resilience Support Nutrient Management
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

    Sasha Ostrom's avatar
    Sasha Ostrom 6/13/2021 8:39 PM
    Protecting the environment and improving environmental quality require many hands. Individual actions alone are not enough; it requires collaboration and cooperation among many people and a desire to act not merely out of self-interest but also for the wellbeing of others. In a world in which our planet is in peril, I assume that when you find a healthier environment you also find a community woven together by shared sustainable practices.
  • 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?

    Sasha Ostrom's avatar
    Sasha Ostrom 6/13/2021 7:41 PM
    My neighborhood is fairly walkable, though it could use a few more sidewalks (some of the sidewalks end at random places, shunting pedestrians from the sidewalk into the street or into a yard), bike lanes so bikers can safely ride in the street and not endanger pedestrians, more street lights so it is safe to walk without a flashlight at night without having to worry about uneven surfaces or other things one can trip over, and more even sidewalks so that they are more accessible to people with mobility issues.
  • 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?

    Sasha Ostrom's avatar
    Sasha Ostrom 6/12/2021 3:46 PM
    It is easy to think of food waste as not very expensive, since we so often throw out only a little at a time. But if the average U.S. citizen indeed throws out $1,500 worth of food waste a year, that is a lot of money. I could spend that on 150 sessions of ice skating or 60-160 books. And I'd much rather have those things than expired food or food scraps!

  • Sasha Ostrom's avatar
    Sasha Ostrom 6/11/2021 8:24 PM
    Today's journey to avoid palm oil at the grocery store was, as I suspected it would be, difficult. My shopping cart was mostly filled with fresh fruits and veggies and some more Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, but other things I regularly purchase that I had planned to buy not only contain palm oil, but the grocery store didn't offer similar products without palm oil or its derivatives. It is even in calcium supplements and organic milk! Next time I shop, I'll need to look up products in advance that don't have palm oil or its derivatives so I'm not standing there at the shelves scanning labels without success.
  • 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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    Sasha Ostrom 6/10/2021 8:25 PM
    This has been my approach for a while. In addition to feeling good about the impact it has on our planet, I also enjoy the challenge of finding ways to do this, especially when it comes to reducing, repairing and repurposing. Ask me sometime about Frankenlaptop and Frankencellphone...
  • 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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    Sasha Ostrom 6/10/2021 8:15 PM
    I often do this with the fruits and veggies that I eat, which tend to either be kinds that are typically eaten whole anyway or which look strange but taste fine when eaten whole (like carrots, potatoes and peppers). For things like onions, I may use a trick my father used when I was a child, which was to grill them with the skins on.