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  • 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?

    Conor OKeefe's avatar
    Conor OKeefe 10/09/2020 8:00 PM
    The biggest barrier for me is work, because they provide free bottled water and do not have a way to easily refill a water bottle without taking a break. I'm going to get a massive water bottle to bring to work, so I can last between breaks without needing a refill.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Conor OKeefe's avatar
    Conor OKeefe 10/09/2020 7:59 PM
    I use K-Cups when making coffee at home. I'd like to get a coffee maker that does not use them since the reusable cups do not work, but since we already have a Keurig I'm looking into getting compostable cups next time around

  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Conor OKeefe's avatar
    Conor OKeefe 10/09/2020 7:57 PM
    I personally just go really fast in the shower, I waste no time at all and just do what needs to be done. No time spent singing to myself or doing shower dances I just get in and out.
  • 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 ZIP code, region, and/or state. What other steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Conor OKeefe's avatar
    Conor OKeefe 10/09/2020 7:57 PM
    My energy usage is actually a lot lower than those around me, because I tend to avoid the thermostat at all costs. I have system of when to open and close the windows in my home to maximize heat in and cold out.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Conor OKeefe's avatar
    Conor OKeefe 10/09/2020 7:55 PM
    I honestly have no idea how electricity is generated where I live, but I would assume hydroelectric power is a big factor what with the Mississippi river
  • 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?

    Conor OKeefe's avatar
    Conor OKeefe 10/09/2020 7:54 PM
    My biggest issue is that my house is right next to a Moka, so the temptation is there pretty often to go get a cup, since their coffee is much better than mine at home, but it ain't too bad to have a mediocre cup of coffee
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Name some of the human activities impacting the health of water systems, both locally (your watershed) and globally (freshwater and oceans). What can you do to improve the health of water systems?

    Julia Mayer's avatar
    Julia Mayer 10/20/2019 10:56 AM
    I did not shower today

  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Amanda Staib's avatar
    Amanda Staib 10/16/2019 9:37 PM
    This didn’t save me any money but it is good for the planet
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more unnecessary things in the future?

    Sara Groetsch's avatar
    Sara Groetsch 10/16/2019 6:00 PM
    Buying only what I need and not buying everything that I want because things only make me feel happy for a short time but living simply will make me feel happier in the long run 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

    Hannah Kufalk's avatar
    Hannah Kufalk 10/16/2019 1:47 PM
    This was really hard because I use a laptop for everything and all my homework.