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October 6 - October 27, 2021

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Daphne Hajovsky's avatar
    Daphne Hajovsky 10/27/2021 8:12 AM
    Sometimes I will just carry the item(s) out without a bag, if that is doable.  I also keep a nylon bag in my purse (it folds up really small) for those times that I forget my reuseable bags in the car.
  • 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?

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    Daphne Hajovsky 10/27/2021 8:07 AM
    I walk  3 to 5 times a week with 2 friends.  That hour of walking and talking is good for the heart both physically and spiritually.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Connect with a Nonprofit
    What inspires you to act toward a more sustainable community?

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    Daphne Hajovsky 10/27/2021 8:02 AM
    Donated and signed up to volunteer with Ellis County Homeless Coalition.  Looking forward to finding out ways that I can make an impact.

  • Susan Jensen Trujillo's avatar
    Susan Jensen Trujillo 10/19/2021 6:50 PM
    Keeping a hefty recycle bin! Reusing containers. 

  • Jessica Fiorillo's avatar
    Jessica Fiorillo 10/18/2021 7:11 PM
    I baked bread (successfully) for the first time ever! So glad I tried this - even though I’m clearly about a year behind everyone else who started baking bread during COVID!
  • Reflection Question
    Health Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Daphne Hajovsky 10/13/2021 9:04 AM
    I have purchased string bags to take to store to put produce in. I also carry reusable shopping bags.  I have one that is nylon that folds up really small that I keep in my purse for the times I forget and leave the shopping bags in my car.  I put leftovers in containers instead of plastic bags.

    • Cora Lansdowne's avatar
      Cora Lansdowne 10/17/2021 4:29 PM
      We bought bamboo utensil sets to keep in the car for when we get take out.  It's great as long as we remember to tell the restaurant we don't need plastic utensils!!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Go for a Daily Walk Outside
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

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    Daphne Hajovsky 10/11/2021 6:07 PM
    I really enjoyed walking and enjoying nature at the State Park.  Also was fun walking with my grandsons and trying to find different bugs and plants.

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    Cora Lansdowne 10/11/2021 6:04 PM
    One of my Actions is to learn more about Constructive Communication.  Funny timing because today I ended up using what I'd learned in a conversation with a neighbor!  
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Daphne Hajovsky 10/11/2021 6:02 PM
    Normally when we camp I bring individual throw-a-way plastic bottled waters.  This time I filled multiple large thermoses and other re-usable containters with filtered water from home.  Don't know exactly how many water bottles we did not use over the weekend but I would estimate at least 20! 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Donate to or Volunteer for Low-Income Solar Initiatives
    Equitable access, environmental justice and creating employment opportunities are just a few advantages of low-income solar programs. Can you think of other benefits that could come from initiatives like this? Which advantages of low-income solar do you find the most compelling?

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    Daphne Hajovsky 10/08/2021 12:35 PM
    I see a great need for equitable access and environmental justice in solar programs but did not find an organization that was working on this in Texas.  I did donate to Grid Alternative but they mainly provide assistance  in California.

    • Cora Lansdowne's avatar
      Cora Lansdowne 10/11/2021 6:12 AM
      I'm sending you a couple of links - one is a list of organizations and associations in case there is one or two you haven't found in your searches.  And the other two are north texas solar advocacy groups.  Not sure if they are working on social justice issues with solar energy, but it's worth an ask!