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  • Cara Uy-Segal's avatar
    Cara Uy-Segal 4/25/2018 10:18 AM
    Inspired by Erin's inquiry to me for an alternative toothbrush, I wanted to share with everyone that I use the green panda toothbrush, made entirely of bamboo including the bristles--which means it's biodegradable! I got mine at Whole Foods but it is also available online!
    Land Use Local Perennial Biomass
    Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe states that "The reason we care about climate change is because it affects the people and places that we care about." What is happening (or will happen) in your area that will affect the people and places you care about?

    Erin Ronald's avatar
    Erin Ronald 4/25/2018 9:41 AM
    In California specifically, oceans are warming and acidifying disrupting the marine ecosystem, droughts are effecting water supply and agriculture, and the snow patterns are becoming more and more irregular. 
    Electricity Generation Watch a Video about Methane Digesters
    What does your vision of a sustainable community look like? What would need to be changed in order for such vision to become reality?

    Vanessa S.'s avatar
    Vanessa S. 4/23/2018 6:15 PM
    “Anaerobic digestion is fascinating because it’s a relatively easy, natural way of turning a broad variety of complex waste into a simple fuel gas. Closing waste loops and recovering energy from waste presents a profound opportunity to simultaneously improve waste management and address climate change.” - David Babson

    Developing infrastructure and technology for anaerobic digestion is especially interesting and compelling for its dual focus on waste management and energy generation. We need to adopt a mindset of closed-loop thinking and innovation!  

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  • Vanessa S.'s avatar
    Vanessa S. 4/23/2018 6:07 PM
    Check out this <2 minute video about a micro wind turbine project for the adventurers out there! This portable turbine, which weighs only 2 pounds and folds down to the size of an umbrella, can recharge cell phones and other devices during hikes!
    Land Use Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

    Vanessa S.'s avatar
    Vanessa S. 4/23/2018 5:59 PM
    Thanks to Erin, I've learned that reusable bamboo utensils are a great alternative to plastic! 

    Other bamboo products I saw online include longboards, sunglasses, reusable straws, and tissue paper. I don't remember seeing bamboo products in local stores, but I will keep my eyes open for this alternative material when purchasing. 

  • Vanessa S.'s avatar
    Vanessa S. 4/23/2018 5:46 PM
    After a childhood visit to the orangutan exhibit at the local zoo, I've been aware of palm oil's environmental impact through deforestation. However, I learned today that products containing or derived from palm oil are not always labeled clearly—see this list for 30+ different names for palm oil-based ingredients!
    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?

    Ryan Kincheloe's avatar
    Ryan Kincheloe 4/21/2018 9:25 PM
    I try to buy as much of my produce as I can from local producers and I eat a reduced meat diet. These both ensure that I don't support the industrial farms and pastures, created through deforestation, that are currently monopolizing our food system
    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?

    Ryan Kincheloe's avatar
    Ryan Kincheloe 4/21/2018 9:17 PM
    In Santa Clara micro turbines could be used at SCU on the larger buildings for energy generation on site as well as in downtown San Jose as their large buildings can provide the steady breeze necessary for increased micro turbine efficiency.
    Electricity Generation Learn More About Geothermal Energy
    Geothermal energy is reliable, abundant, and efficient. Project Drawdown states that public investment will play a crucial role in its expansion. What kind of investment seems most feasible for you?

    Ryan Kincheloe's avatar
    Ryan Kincheloe 4/21/2018 9:14 PM
    Once the technology associated with Geothermal energy generation gets more efficient and the practice becomes more widely known I believe it will be a lot easier for the public to get behind large scale investment as it can provide one of the most stable and eco-friendly forms of energy.
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

    Sammi Bennett's avatar
    Sammi Bennett 4/16/2018 3:18 PM
    I didn't fully realize the environmental impacts of coffee- but next time I buy coffee I will be sure to look for "shade-grown" coffee!