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Conrad Czuba

capstone spring 21

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Conrad's Actions

Ecological Principles

Reduce My Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint and talk with my family or roommates about way we can reduce our negative enviromental impact.

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Community

Connect with a Nonprofit

I will connect with a local nonprofit, environmental or otherwise, and find out how I can get involved or become a member.

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Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 3 hour(s) in my community this week.

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Water

Watch The Story of Bottled Water

I will watch The Story of Bottled Water to learn more about bottled water's impacts on the environment.

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A Call to Sustainability

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

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A Call to Sustainability

Sign a Petition

I will sign petitions in support of an environmental or social initiative in my state.

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    Conrad Czuba 4/14/2021 10:11 PM
    This past week has been a bit hectic, but I'm feeling great now that the warm weather is finally here! This past week I got 20 tomatoes into the ground and still have 40 more to give out to neighbors. I also started my Eco Change project of making bokashi using the spent grain from brewing beer.
    My family is also in the process of getting solar panels for their house. We have a large tree in front of our house, so solar has never been the greatest option. It really isn't a huge issue though because the tree keeps the house cool throughout summer, so we use less electricity.
    I also really enjoyed the Anthropocene section of the book. Last term we watched the film Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. It was very depressing, but really well done. You can look it up for free on Kanopy

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 4/15/2021 12:11 PM
      thanks for the suggestion Conrad!  We got solar panels last year and are now shopping for a used electric car.  good point about your tree tho!

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    Conrad Czuba 4/06/2021 9:12 PM
    I remember years ago calculating how many Earths it would take for everyone to live my lifestyle. I want to say around 10 years ago it was somewhere around 1.6 to 2.
    I did it a couple times today because the first time it said I was at 0.7 and I felt that was way too low. I tweaked some of the options to be a bit of an over estimate and got a hair over 1 earth. My overshoot day was December 27th, so I'm still technically over the threshold of sustainability.  
    I'm very lucky that the places I go to are in walking/biking distance from me. I don't really need many things (I HATE clutter) and the majority of the stuff I get come from online Buy Nothing groups (I got a really nice toaster oven a few months ago). Food and shelter are my biggest CO2 contributors. There isn't much I can change about the house itself, but I can definitely do a shift in eating habits to get that number down a little more.  

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 4/10/2021 3:39 PM
      conrad you must not fly AT ALL to get such a low number. its disheartening how impactful flying can be. I am looking forward to electric powered airplanes..

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    Conrad Czuba 4/05/2021 12:21 PM
    I'm going to do better about posting for each action, but for now I'm consolidating.

    This past week, I watched a short documentary on restoring ecosystems that have been damaged due to climate change and deforestation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV4iSy4tTXc). Humans have always had a relationship with the natural environment and for most of human history I would say it's been symbiotic. I feel this short documentary explains how we can actively change our environment in a restorative way.

    I also connected with Victory Project PDX this week and volunteered serving food to the houseless on the corner of NW 6th and Glisan. I wouldn't say that serving food is a solution to sustainability, but it's a step in making connections with a community that is otherwise overlooked. I had a really wonderful time.

    I've also planted a BUNCH of new plants! We have so many seeds (plenty to share if people need some and are in the PDX area). I know I mentioned that I have tomatoes and that go to people around the neighborhood. Sometimes I have seeds that get mislabeled or moved around, so I keep them in a "mystery tomato" envelope after they're done being processed. This year I decided to plant some from the mystery stash and have 8 extra plants up for grabs if anyone wants them. I can hold onto them until the overnight temperature is okay for planting, or I can bring them to you/you pick them up whenever. Hope y'all had a great weekend!

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      amy minato 4/06/2021 9:19 AM
      Conrad that is so generous of you! our neighbors do a plant exchange every may that is out of control huge now. just folks bringing and taking plants. so fun and easy but powerful. also serving food to others builds community and thus sustainability. i was not able to open the link could you email it to me? thanks!