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October 7 - October 28, 2020

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Tour a Waste Management Facility
    Field trip! What a fun way to learn about our impact and consumption! What facility did you tour? What did you learn?

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    David Tesner 10/28/2020 11:20 AM
    I took virtual tours of J.P. Mascaro & Sons TotalRecycle MRF in Birdsboro, PA, the CSWD MRF in Williston, VT, and the Miramar Landfill in San Diego, CA.  I learned that MRF is pronounced "merf".  I also learned that MRFs consists of several screens and sorts to separate recyclables.   The Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) screen separates out OCC based on its large size and rigidity.  The Glass Breaker screen separates out glass.  The Office and NewsPaper (ONP) screen separates "fiber" from containers.  Four autosorters sort out 2D sheet paper / 3D box board, PET plastics, HDPE plastics, and PP plastics.  Overbelt Magnets pull out ferrous metals.  Eddy Current Testing identifies aluminum.  Finally, Balers create bales of most of the aforementioned materials, which bales are sold to manufacturers who will use them to make new materials.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Support Businesses Owned by People of Color
    A recent Keen Independent Research Foundation study found that Minority Businesses Enterprises (MBEs) are more likely to have difficulties in receiving loans or city contracts. In what ways can you work to address systemic racism like that demonstrated in this study?

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    Cathy Rondema 10/28/2020 9:08 AM
    Supporting minority businesses will benefit our society and help them to establish strong businesses for our future.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Cathy Rondema 10/28/2020 9:05 AM
    I found out that I can take all the Styrofoam in my shed that I could not through away to my local transfer station. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

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    Cathy Rondema 10/28/2020 9:04 AM
    I don't fill my kitchen garbage can as often. I will use my compost for garden plants.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    People are motivated to forage for many different reasons: as a source for food, a means of income, to connect with nature, to participate in cultural tradition, transmitting specific ecological knowledge, or as a means of stewarding local and native plant populations are just a few examples. What is your chief motivation for foraging?

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    Anna Chamberland 10/28/2020 8:48 AM
    We reconditioned our backyard this year and, in the process, I had bark chips added. This fall, we had an abundance of mushrooms pop up. I, personally, love mushrooms. So, I spent some time learning about what mushrooms are edible, tasty, and environments where I can find some delicacies. I'm still searching, and look forward to learning more about Oregon forests.

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    Anna Chamberland 10/28/2020 8:43 AM
    I believe my ecochallenge is good, though I know I could do better if I exerted more effort. Been thinking about closing my FB account, and I just can't get myself to do it! Ugh.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

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    David Tesner 10/27/2020 5:37 PM
    Balance with respect to creation means we don't do too much or too little.        It may or may not be good for an ecosystem if mankind introduces a species to it or increases or decreases the number of species within it.        It may or may not be good for an ecosystem if there is a fire.      Balance demands that mankind understand Earth's reaction to actions that we take or not.   So balance is important to sustainability, because a lack of it can impact mankind as well as other life on earth.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy 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?

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    Holly Huchko 10/26/2020 5:17 PM
    yes, to reduce my carbon footprint, I need to travel less, get more energy efficient car or hybrid next time.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex transition from localized food systems to modern global food systems?

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    David Tesner 10/26/2020 1:03 PM
    With the modern global food systems, generally food production involves chemicals and genetic modifications.  Also typical consumer's access to food is dependent on transportation from a far away place to a local retailer, which implies dependence upon fossil fuels.  Food sovereignty puts food production in the hands of the local community, which results in organically grown food that is readily available without transportation from a far away place.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Engage In Active Listening
    What was it like to actively listen to someone? How did both people and the conversation(s) benefit from active listening?

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    Anna Chamberland 10/22/2020 8:23 AM
    Being heard is one thing, knowing that you've been heard gives you a sense of importance in the world. To not hear another is to discredit issues that are important. Whether you agree or disagree with what is said, a person's right to say something should be validated.
    Voltaire: I may not agree with a word you say, but I will defend unto death your right to say it.