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    Women and Girls Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers
    In what other ways could you help girls overcome health barriers to being able to attend school?

    Missy Lucas's avatar
    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 9:59 PM
    It is important to provide a support network for girls to overcome various barriers to attending school.  While this is true all around the world, I think it is best to focus primarily on one's own family and community.  By cultivating meaningful and long-term connections, we can help younger relatives and generations overcome financial, social, material, and other obstacles to female education and future opportunities.

    Also, I found this study on gender equality in the workplace interesting:
    Transport Explore Other Transport Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

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    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 9:48 PM
    There are many ways to re-design transport to contribute less to climate change.  I would love to see greener and more efficient public transport options in large cities.  It is also a good idea to design your lifestyle with transport time and costs in mind.  For example, by living strategically close to your work, you can minimize your commute time and have the option to bike or take public transport, which can be personally rewarding as well as environmentally friendly.
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    Now that you know the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates, how will you view expiration dates differently?

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    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 9:42 PM
    I learned that: 
    - "Sell by" date is the max. date for retailers to have the product on the shelf.  Usually the product still has about 1/3 of its shelf life even AFTER the "sell by" date. 
    - "Best by" date is the suggested timeline for the consumer to eat the product while it still has maximum quality. 
    - "Use by" date is when the consumer should eat the product before quality starts to go down rapidly.
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 9:31 PM
    In addition to recycling, I can practice other "R"s by learning to Repair and Repurpose things I already have.  I am already working to Reduce trash that my lifestyle produces and Refuse things that I don't need (keep it simple).  I would like to learn how to fix or replace parts of my different electronic devices, as well as how to mend or repurpose clothing items.
    Buildings and Cities Plan to Insulate
    How can you make your home more energy efficient?

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    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 9:27 PM
    One thing I can do to make my home more energy efficient is to focus on the windows.  I can open the blinds more during the day to make use of (free) light instead of using light bulbs.  I can also insulate the windows better during the winter so that less heat escapes on a daily basis.
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. In what ways can you support your closest regenerative agriculture farm?

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    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 9:24 PM
    Watched a very neat video about regenerative agriculture: 

    I hope to research more about regenerative agriculture farms around Houston/Texas and learn how to connect with them directly.

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    Andrew Ayala 4/25/2018 3:41 PM
    Last day!
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 12:47 PM
    I'm excited to continue learning about how to use all parts of fruits & vegetables.  Currently I set aside apple cores, banana peels, veggie skins, etc. for compost, but I think some of those can instead be used as food.  I heard recently of using carrot tops (green leafy part) to make pesto, carmelizing lemon peels to make a candied lemon rind snack, etc...!  I also plan to save general veggie scraps to try making vegetable broth.  It can be daunting to try something new, but it also feels empowering to learn new skills and increase one's creativity when cooking.

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    Annie Sanna 4/25/2018 12:46 PM
    Just provided 3 loans through Kiva to help women around the world to achieve their goals.  

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    Missy Lucas 4/25/2018 12:32 PM
    I've really enjoyed walking to the downtown farmers market the past several Wednesdays.  Thanks to everyone who has come along for the walk!  The varied food options and nice outdoor weather provide a refreshing break from work.  I've also enjoyed getting to know more about Plant It Forward Farms and trying some of their seasonal produce each week.  Hope to keep up the habit in the coming months.