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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

    Chad Gilbeck 5/16/2019 6:38 AM
    I use a stainless steel water bottle that I refill.  I don't use plastic at all. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

    Laura Weidemann 4/11/2019 9:14 AM
    Eating with distractions like the television causes me to eat more than I need and does not make me feel satiated. Eating mindfully helps me to focus on completely chewing food and digestion.
  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How can we start shifting from a meat-focused food culture to a more plant-based one?

    Laura Weidemann 4/11/2019 9:10 AM
    Eating a more plant-based diet reduces the greenhouse gas emissions and water expenditure of industrialized agriculture. We can all benefit from eating more plants.

  • Jazz Benson 3/25/2019 9:57 AM
    I finally convinced my husband to fix our leaky bathtub faucet. The project is going to take longer than expected because he going to change the piping too. It will also fix the issue of when we turned on the shower, water would still come out of the bottom faucet so hopefully we will get better water pressure too.
  • 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?

    Silvana Richardson 3/19/2019 3:07 PM
    I always go to the fitness center with my husband.  He is my exercise "buddy"

  • Erin Kiefer 3/17/2019 7:38 PM
    I actually remembered my reusable straw on Friday when I went out for lunch!

  • Erin Kiefer 2/23/2019 3:39 PM
    I would like to give a shout out to culvers in la crosse. They now have an option to recycle plastic. This is great because their utensils, straws, lids, custard cups, ketchup cups are all plastic. I hope other locations have adopted this as well. 

  • Erin Kiefer 2/23/2019 3:38 PM
    I really need to start carrying my reusable straw with me. I always think about it once I get to the restaurant.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Adjust the Thermostat
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your zipcode, and in your state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Jazz Benson 2/16/2019 10:10 AM
    Things that can reduce energy usage is utilizing natural light. When it is sunny outside in the winter open up the shades and the opposite in the summer months. Turn all water faucets to cold. This makes sure the water heater isn't heating up unnecessary water. Unplugging devices not in use, especially vampire devices.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Fix Leaky Faucets
    Fixing leaky faucets is one of the tasks that we can easily put off until later. Good job on completing this action! How will you use the momentum from completing this action to increase your water efficiency?

    Jazz Benson 2/13/2019 10:31 AM
    To continue increasing my water efficiency, I will turn down my how hot my hot water gets on the water heater to conserve energy. I will weekly/monthly go around the house to check the faucets and the piping underneath.