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

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:44 PM
    Filet Mignon for example is a pretty expensive meat to buy or order at a restaurant. So there for is someone orders a filet mignon steak they must have some extra money to spend. Aside from the fancier meats, the US is looked upon to the largest country that consumes meat. We do it because of the convenience factor. It is right there at the store and if one is buying the conventional meat the price will be cheaper. 
    The more meat we eat the more contribution we give to greenhouse gases, water and crops use. If we buy locally we can have a positive contribution to those businesses and hopefully they can outrun and outshine the competitors. 

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:31 PM
    I bought my own set of reusable straws and I love them. It even came with a brush cleaner. I love smoothies and iced coffees, so to drink them on the go I have to use a straw. The amount of plastic straws that I was using monthly was ridiculous. I even thought you know how grocery stores charge 10 cents per bag imagine if straws were also being charged, which led me the wastefulness of the plastic straws and I bought reusable ones. 
    I reuse all my bags. I bought a bunch of reusable bags from trader joes so every time I go grocery shopping I don't have to buy plastic or paper bags. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:24 PM
    The barriers to using a reusable water bottle can actually correlate with the barriers of having a reusable mug. It is the convenience factor that bottled water offers. With reusable water bottles you have to remember to fill it up and bring it with you and then carry it around with you. But when you look at this financially which most people look it to make it a habit, you are saving so much money by not buying bottled water. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:20 PM
    I can see the difficulty that some people might have in making this habit. The number one road blocker I can see is the fact that you can't forget it. You have to remember to bring it wherever you go. At least for me that was really difficult because I would wash it and then leave it at home. The other reason why it would be hard to make this a habit would be the convenience of a single use coffee cup. You buy a coffee and then you throw it away the cup. There is no hassle of remembering the mug, or having to clean it after. At my job we have communal coffee mugs or you can bring your own. I love that we did the switch from single use cups to mugs. I love the idea that we aren't being wasteful and that as a company we are being sustainable. 
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:13 PM
    Where I live electricity is generated by  local power plants that burn natural gas that create electricity. Where I live there aren't many street lights so that has a huge impact on the wild life. Because I live by a lot of hills and there aren't many street lights, roadkill happens more often than not. I cannot help but feel sad for the animals because this was there home first and we live in an area that there is still wildlife and the environment homes them and us. If we had the ability to have solar powered lights that were street lights we as a city can save a lot more. 

  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    It is often said that “you can’t feed the world with just organic food.” What is your response to that statement?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:04 PM
    I would respond that yes to some degree that statement is true. When it comes to strictly buying organic foods can be pricey so therefor feeding the whole world with just organic food doesn't seem reasonable in that sense. But there are other ways to buy organic foods other than the stores that up the price plus taxes. There are local farmers markets all over the county and there you can buy organic foods that the prices aren't marked up as much as the stores. The prices aren't marked up as much and you are now supporting local farmers. If more people would invest the time and money to buy products that are locally and organic it wouldn't be a hard transition financially because of the demand. That is why conventional products are cheaper. Because of the supply and demand effect. Take for example the company Trader Joes. Recently they stopped carrying conventional eggs. For two main reasons. One the suppliers prices were increasing because the demand for those types of eggs weren't there so the suppliers were upping the prices to make a profit. Two, the customers heard about the treatment of the animals and wanted free range and pasture raised eggs. Majority of these changes take time and knowledge about the matter.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Go Paperless
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 12:47 PM
    For all my billing statements I have opt out to paperless billing and officially all my statements are being sent to my email. I love it. I am saving paper and after i'm done reading it I can push the delete button. Where as before hand I would receive them through the mail and then afterwards shred them and throw them into the recycling bin. I would always think "well this seems wasteful" and now I don't have that feeling because there isn't any paper that is being used for something that can easily be accessible online. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 12:41 PM
    It should be encouraged throughout companies, schools, and even just for fun printing. The option of two sided printing is offered and should be used upon due to the simply fact that it saves paper. Then once you are down with those pieces of paper you can throw them into the recycling bin. So now you have help contribute to saving and recycling paper. Looking it from a companies perspective, it saves them money! The less paper you use (double sided printing) the less frequent you have to buy paper because you aren't just using one side of the sheet. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Less Screen Time
    What did you notice in implementing this challenge? Was it hard to choose other activities over screen time? How did you decide to spend your time?

    Sierra Ullrich 1/20/2020 5:13 PM
    I noticed that while I was reading or journaling I kept wanting to take a break to look at my phone. The more I leave my phone alone though, the easier I expect it to get. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Sarah Meyer 1/20/2020 1:48 PM
    I love going to the gym with friends or going on hikes. Being in the outdoors and participating in hikes or even just walking my dog is beneficial to health and keeps me motivated of my personal goals. My goal is to exercise each day for at least 60 min. This can be a variety of activities including running on the beach, going to the gym etc. Also, completing a workout with friends is helpful because they can keep you accountable as well.