Days 1-3: Consumption, Trash, & Transportation

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What is consumption? How do I define consumption in my life? How does my consumption affect the environment? These are the questions I asked myself before beginning this blog. When I think of consumption, the first thing that comes to mind is food– what I eat and choose not to put into my body. I […]

No Impact Week: Today we saved energy at Gearity School

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We have some news for you from the GEARITY EARTH PROTECTORS of the 4th grade.  We asked people at the school to turn off their lights in their classrooms today (if they could). We figured out that if every classroom turned their lights off all day long we would save 102 hours of electricity. We […]

No Impact Week: Day 3

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It’s not a bad day for a bike ride. I personally took up cycling about a year ago and I can’t think of a better feeling than coasting down a street with the sights of the seasons and a cool breeze. As the weather is rapidly changing, I don’t have much time to enjoy my […]

No Impact Week, Day 2

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Today’s topic is not only trash, but those Bigger Questions that open up when we become mindful of what we discard and why we do it. I decided to focus on packed lunches, a trash-generating activity that we don’t end up seeing here at home in our own trash can, but it sure accumulates at […]

No Impact Week: Day 2

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Good morning, Its always nice to wake up to sunshine in Cleveland. Today is trash day and ironically it is also my neighborhood’s trash pick up day. Since I live in Mayfield Heights and the city does not offer recycling services, all week I have been organizing my trash and making different recycling bins. After […]

No Impact Week, Day 1

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I just finished watching the DVD “No Impact Man: The Documentary”, about Colin Beavan and his wife and daughter spending one year modifying their urban lifestyle in order to have little or no impact on the environment. A few quotes and ideas that really struck me: “Nobody has to do what I do…We each just […]

Sustainability: Are you up for the ‘No Impact’ challenge?

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I noticed the other day that I left the water running when I was brushing my teeth.  Do you do that, too? This coming week I’m going to be joining the Sustainable Heights No Impact Week experiment, trying to lower my carbon footprint (and tooth brushing water use!), and trying to pay scrupulous attention to […]