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SF County Sustainability Team A Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Transport Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
    Reducing (or eliminating) exhaust emissions and improving public health are two benefits of green vehicles. What other motivators inspire you to consider switching to a more fuel-efficient vehicle?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/25/2018 5:43 PM
    I have a PV system so the fuel would be generated from the sun and is already a sunk cost
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/25/2018 5:39 PM
    For about 30 meals a year, I'm  not sure where the meat comes from, and if it is beef, that is likely impacting deforestation.  Also coffee, tropical fruit (e.g.coconut, mango, pineapple) and cheap palm oil in processed food.

    Stop eating processed food; eat less meat of unknown origin, buy at the farmer's market; eat seasonally and locally;
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/25/2018 5:36 PM
    Yes, generally at big box stores.  And there's Amazon.  Hemp is a viable alternative, and there is a small local hemp store.
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than other countries, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/25/2018 5:35 PM
    THe culture of the West; the habits of the wealthy. 

    I think we need to have more people pledge to eat less/no meat and explaining to their friends/ family why they are doing so, so that it becomes more of a thing. All food needs to pay true cost, whether it is environmental damage, cleanup, carbon footprint, etc.  If meat were 4-10X more expensive, people would eat less.
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/25/2018 5:32 PM
    I had not heard of silvopature before.  Multiple advantages: more climate-change resilient pasture ecosystem; the land has stacked economic functionality (e.g. beef/milk + trees + shrooms +tree nuts/maple syrup) all from; better production from the grazers; less erosion; 
    Electricity Generation Communicate With My Elected Officials
    What inspires you to act on sustainable energy and other energy issues?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/25/2018 5:22 PM
    The state of the planet.
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Micro Wind
    Micro turbines can be placed on large structures to take advantage of stronger, steadier breezes. The Eiffel Tower now sports vertical axis turbines that produce electricity for use on site. Where could micro turbines potentially be installed in your city?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/25/2018 5:21 PM
    Local cell towers? Ridges? Ranchland?
    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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    Claudia Borchert 4/23/2018 12:21 PM
    Buy food from local farmers that use regenerative ag practices
    Buildings and Cities Research Heat Pumps
    Why do you care about taking action on climate change?

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    Claudia Borchert 4/23/2018 12:00 PM
    I'm concerned about the potential mass-extinction of all manner of flora and fauna and many of the earth's ecosystems.
    Land Use Restore Wetlands
    How do wetlands differ from other ecosystems -- both in the services they offer and in your personal experience of them?

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    Ashley Zappe 4/23/2018 9:13 AM
    I was able to do this by taking a class from SFCC about wetland ecology. It is beautiful and surprising, and I was surprised how much carbon they sequester!