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  • Ly Khuc's avatar
    Ly Khuc 4/27/2022 9:41 AM
    I've been cooking meatless. Dairy products are more difficult to put aside, more specifially cheese.

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    Barb Litchfield 4/02/2022 7:35 AM
    I watched, The Game Changers, on Netflix and stopped eating red meat, pork, lamb and veal.  The show discusses the many benefits of a vegan lifestyle and is quite entertaining.  Since the film I’m cooking more meatless meals such as meatless meatballs, soups, veggie dishes and salads.

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    Ly Khuc 4/01/2022 4:31 AM
    I was researching the sustainability challenges of Hungary in the past month. I found out that the agriculture needs new generations to carry on farm businesses to be able to produce local products. If no new generation comes, Hungary will be strongly if not completely dependent on imported food products, despite having valuable and quality land and climate. Some hospitality establishments, mostly on the country side and some bigger cities, not Budapest, created café and restaurant concepts to promote local food and sustainability. I attended the Fenntarthatósági Konferencia (Sustainability Conference) at SIRHA 2022 which was an international food industry expo. I listened to like-minded people with inspiring stories of opening their sustainability food concept. I hope to join them one day and create my own that will inspire the next generation to promote local food system that is sustainable for the planet, the people working on it and also will educate the consumers on this topic.

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    Caeman Lipsey 3/08/2022 1:06 AM
    I chose gratitude. I have an amazing backyard, and I have wanted to get out to mediate for a long time, and this last week has been very stressful, full of illness and lateness and stressful planning, so I decided to try and alleviate some of that with mediation outside. This has helped a lot, dealing with the stress seems easier afterwards, and I feel happier over the day, and while I'm not very good at it, spending some time just being present while outside in the sun next a pond is nice and helps me unwind. 

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:35 AM
      meditating outside has double benefits!

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    Kobie Arnold 3/03/2022 2:26 AM
    I completed the energy audit for my four person household. In doing so, my energy use score was revealed to be 6.3 for the year 2020. This is because 2020 was the most recent year I had available data for the audit. Since that year, we have already implemented multiple steps to conserve energy, such as obvious things like turning off night when not needed. Instead, we utilize windows to take advantage of natural light. One of the most significant energy-saving changes has been the placing of a thick blanket over the entrance of the house so that the heat is trapped and cannot escape to the cooler zones of the house. Since this has been a fairly new addition, I am not yet sure of the impact this has had on saving energy. However, since doing so, I would say that the heater has been on less than 50% of the time. We have learned to dress in layers during the winter months, even inside. In the future I hope to replace all of the lightbulbs in my home with either CFLs or LEDs in order to efficiently save more electricity. 

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:36 AM
      Kobie dressing in layers is so smart.  good work using passive heating methods.

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      Kaylee Fujita 3/03/2022 8:25 AM
      Wow it's so great to hear how many changes you've been making! The first year I was up here in Portland I didn't use my heater all winter because I didn't know it existed. I was cold basically 24/7 but I figured that's just how it was supposed to be since it was winter? I've since found my heater and friends who have told me I need to use it, so now I do use it and I can enjoy life through the winter and not just freeze to death constantly. I don't like to make it too warm though, so I also wear a couple layers while I'm home through the day. Thanks for sharing!

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    TERRANCE MOSES 3/02/2022 11:29 PM
    About 5 months ago I noticed that some people in my neighborhood started to walk around and pick up litter in the neighborhood. The last time I saw them I stopped to talk to her about helping out with that. Seeing if there are any scheduling and how it works for what area exactly is being walked. 

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:38 AM
      Terrance it's great to hear about folks reclaiming their neighborhoods together!

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    Daniel Tapia Silva 3/02/2022 11:18 PM
    This week I took steps towards building a more sustainable future by emphasizing buying from local businesses and embracing my local area. I've been a member at a small locally owned gym in town and love it and realized that recommending it to others would help bring business and help grow the local area. I was able to convince one friend to switch over from a commercial gym and so far is loving it. Balance Fitness in Hillsboro if anyone would like to check it out! I also took another friend of mine on a run in a park nearby and then we picked up some food from a small local Thai place. By doing more of these things instead of looking for "better" or more popular places, hopefully, it helps the places we frequent feel more like they are part of the community and take some care in what goes on around our city. 

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:39 AM
      Daniel  what a great way to build community while supporting local businesses!

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    Breanna Tarver 3/02/2022 11:17 PM
    Again, I don't drive so I really wanted to challenge myself with a) not relying on others to drive me places, and b) actually moving my body more and enjoying the outside again. This week was a difficult one to choose because of all the rain lol. But it was fulfilling nonetheless. I walked around to and from my doctors appointments and that was really nice! It also gave me time to reflect. I truly love the positive power that walking can have on someone's mental health:-)

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:39 AM
      Bre I so totally agree with you on the mental and physical benefits of walking!

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      Kaylee Fujita 3/03/2022 8:31 AM
      I also don't drive and the pandemic has forced me to get to places a little differently. I stopped using the streetcar and max when my destinations were within walking distance and found that it was nice to just get outside and move. Sometimes I even beat the streetcar. I used to uber/lyft with friends but have stopped since a) das expensive and b) covid.  I agree, walking gives me time to reflect and just take in my surroundings instead of being cooped up in an apartment all day. Definitely a great thing to do for mental health! Thanks for sharing!

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    Breanna Tarver 3/02/2022 11:13 PM
    This was pretty nice as I don't drive. However, I do use Uber/Lyft from time to time, and I have been wanting to cut back more lately. I am not opposed to public transportation at all as well having grown up in Portland. However, after everything that has happened in the world, I have been reluctant to be as frequent as I could be for my own convenience. With that in mind, this week was a good one for me and public transportation!

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    Janny Lai 3/02/2022 11:03 PM
    This week I collected rainwater! It has been raining a lot recently so I thought this would be the perfect time to do so. My parents have a garden and I sometimes help them upkeep it. We like collecting rainwater so we don't have to waste water especially when it rains so much here. Something I also did was simply enjoy nature. I think we all get lost in our busy lives and have little time to enjoy the outside so that's what I did. I went to a park and sat under a gazebo while it was raining and read a book or painted. It was very therapeutic and I highly recommend it to everyone! 

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      amy minato 3/12/2022 10:41 AM
      Janny which park has a gazebo? sounds sweet to watch the rain and paint under one. how did you collect the rainwater?

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      Kobie Arnold 3/03/2022 2:37 AM
      It really is a perfect time for collecting rainwater! It's nice that despite the rain, you still got out into nature. I feel like many people tend to avoid going outside when it rains and end up disconnecting from nature as a result. The weather should never stop a person from experiencing the world around them, so I'm glad you didn't let it!

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      Daniel Tapia Silva 3/02/2022 11:24 PM
      Being out in nature really does help! I know I for sure get tired of just being inside or only seeing buildings and cars the majority of the time. I think doing so also helps us appreciate it a little more and hopefully makes us want to save the nature we still have.