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Because life’s a little different right now, we understand that Green Certification efforts are more difficult. This is a space for people to explore practical ways of incorporating sustainability on an individual basis. We encourage people to continue making small actions to green up their lives. We believe that small actions really do make a difference.

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Did you know that 1/3 of food produced each year is wasted?

This amounts to 1.3 billion tons worldwide!!!

How to reduce your food waste:

  • To cut down on purchasing extra food that may need to be thrown away later:
    • Plan your meals and shop accordingly
    • Purchase fruits and veggies more often in less quantity.
    • Keep your pantry organized so you know what you have before shopping
  • Save your food scraps (fruit and veggie peels, bread crusts, cracker crumbs) and toss them into your countertop composter, garden, yard, or start a compost pile. You can even use this compost as fertilizer for your house plants!
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Over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. In the U.S. alone, 450 million cups of coffee are consumed each day.

How to caffeinate sustainably:

  • Make your own coffee at home:
  • If you do go out for coffee:
    • Ask for your coffee without a lid
    • Bring your own coffee cup to cafes
    • Support local cafes
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It probably isn’t surprising to you that the average household receives 848 pieces of junk mail a year. This amounts to 41 pounds.

Roughly 80 million trees are consumed a year to produce paper that will be tossed shortly after receiving it..

Use these four sites to stop (most of) your junk mail:

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In 2018, 87 billion packages were shipped in the U.S. This number has increased even more in todays world.

Online shopping can reduce carbon emissions, but only if we’re mindful.

How to ship from Amazon sustainably:

  • Amazon Prime members:
    • If you’re buying quite a few items at once, consolidate packages to ship together. This limits the carbon emissions used to ship your packages to a small percentage.
    • Utilize (free) Amazon Day delivery: choose one day a week to have ALL your products shipped to you
  • For everyone:
    • If you aren’t in a rush, choose the slowest shipping method possible. Usually the slowest method is the cheapest and has the least carbon footprint per package.
    • Buy in bulk. This reduces your package’s carbon footprint and reduces packaging waste.
    • Choose products that have the designation “Compact by Design” over others. This means the product was designed efficiently, to do the same work with fewer materials.
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Simply put, these are the stated goals of the Paris Climate Agreement:

The central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Organizations across the country chose to Stay In and fight the climate crisis, including us, Berea College.

How can you STILL BE IN and save money?  Reduce your energy consumption.

The energy needed to power the built environment (residential and commercial) accounts for the highest percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions.

As a renter or homeowner in Kentucky, beyond just the basics to conserve energy, you have options to receive energy efficiency audits to pinpoint the best approach to reduce energy consumption saving you money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We are fortunate to have experts right in our own back yard through Berea-based Mountain Association (MACED).  Reach out to Chris Woolery with the Mountain Association who can tell you about your options… chris@mtassociation.org or (859) 621-4765.

Creativit​y:

  • make art, journal, or color as research says these can help relieve stress. Find some free coloring pages
  • make a chill music playlist (learn how on YouTube or Spotify) and listen to it when you’re feeling on edge
  • shed some light on your work and sit by a window to improve productivity
  • use Aromatherapy, find your preferred calming scent
  • Interrupt negative thoughts. Catch yourself saying unkind things or thinking too much into things you can’t control and get yourself motivated. Remember: “worrying means you suffer twice” -Newt Scamandar (Harry Potter Universe)

Connect:

  • limit your screen time as much as you can, or to 2 hours a day when possible
  • laugh, chat with a funny friend or watch a funny movie or comedian
  • snuggle with a pet
  • with nature: keep plants and go for a hike

Move:

Did you know that Berea’s Thrive Dimensions of Wellness covers Sustainable wellness? Learn more about how sustainability affects “social justice, environmental integrity, and economic well-being today and for future generations.”