Compile a list and short summary of six (6) action items or projects you find most helpful in how we (as individuals or communities) can plan for environmental (or creation) stewardship. Write a short summary of at least 75 words for each action item, and include the reason (or goal) for taking the action and possible outcomes (for the environment) of action versus inaction. Provide at least one correctly cited source from this module.
EPA’s action plan ideas for living sustainably, throw away less, greening industrial and business processes, being green on the road, choosing greener products and cleaner energy choices. 1 attachmentsSlide 1 of 1
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PORTFOLIO ASSIGNMENT 1 Portfolio Assignment: Plan for Environmental Stewardship Student Name CORE 1503: Personal Stewardship Professor Beth Turk Date PORTFOLIO ASSIGNMENT 2 Six of the projects I would like to start implementing in my own life and home, as part of a creating a personal plan for environmental stewardship, are: 1. Recycling. Recycling is not mandatory in my community, but it is an easy way to personally plan for environmental stewardship and care for the environment. While I already do some recycling, I want to be more intentional about looking for recyclable items, especially when I am out eating at restaurants and shopping at the grocery store. My family and I have also been doing a lot of cleaning lately since my Mom died and I moved back home, so it has left a lot of clothes, furniture, and other odds and ends that need to be removed from the house. Rather than just trashing or letting it all end up in landfills though, we can either give it away or recycle it. This way, we are not wasting anything, but getting the “full use” out of every item, even if it is no longer in our possession. This not only cares for the environment, but also for other people as well. In regard to clothes and shoes, our neighborhood has recently implemented a new program with specific bags for recycling these items, so that is an intentional way I can care for the environment in a specific way. We go through a lot of recyclables throughout the week, and so recycling creates noticeably less waste. It is also a visible way in which I can objectively see the number of recyclables we are keeping from ending up in landfills. While I do not have a final say in a lot of matters at home, recycling helps to subtly influence my entire family to care for the environment. 2. Reusable containers and bags. When I lived at my apartment downtown, what first started out as a small store of plastic bags for the future turned into a three-foot by one-foot stack of plastic bags, far more than I or my roommate ever would have needed (and unfortunately, all of which eventually ended up in the trash when we moved out). Due to that, as well as starting to shop more at ALDI, I have become more used to buying and using reusable PORTFOLIO ASSIGNMENT 3 bags, reducing my overall waste footprint. Along with that, months ago my brother started using a blender bottle for water throughout the day. I noticed that my plastic waste has also reduced since adopting this policy. Penn State reports that, “a $20 reusable water bottle can save the average American $6,180 after five years of use,” and, “if one person switches to using a reusable water bottle, 217 plastic water bottles will be saved from going to a landfill that year” (2017, par. 1). Compounded, this massively reduces plastic waste in our landfills and oceans. Combined with recycling, this creates for an easy and quick way for every person to impact the environment from their own home. Even if we cannot always impact policy at a government or corporate level, the small things we do ourselves can still have massive impact. If it starts to impact the community, that only widens the effect and the possible impact it will have influencing policy and practice higher up. 3. Start a small farm or participate in farming. By starting a small personal garden, not only does this cut down on some personal emissions caused by traveling to and from stores, but also cuts down on transportation costs for trucks delivering food across counties, “which can account for up to 11 percent of agricultural emissions” (Kelly 2017). It also reduces the use of pesticides and fertilizers, which can have a damaging effect long-term on soil, as well as on the food we eat and the animals in those specific environments. It also keeps food close to home, and if it is done collectively in a community, can help to address poverty in our local communities, furthering the impact of caring for the environment to not just Creation itself, but also people. 4. ENERGY STAR Program + Light Bulbs. The ENERGY STAR program is a government-backed program (by the EPA) that helps to produce and implement more-efficient appliances and homes. “In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR helped Americans save approximately PORTFOLIO ASSIGNMENT 4 400 billion kWh of electricity with associated emission reductions of 320 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 300,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide, 220,000 short tons of nitrogen oxides, and 23,000 short tons of fine particulate matter” (“ENERGY STAR Overview” par. 10). Our washer and dryer at home are currently starting to fail, and so a personal way I can help care for the environment is by purchasing appliances that are ENERGY STAR compliant, not only reducing electricity consumption, but also reducing general water use, which can even further help the environment. I can also reduce on electricity and energy consumption by purchasing lightbulbs that use less electricity, thus also reducing greenhouse emissions and promoting positive change in my entire household and community. 5. Eat less meat. According to a study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on “Nutritional and greenhouse gas impacts of removing animals from US agriculture,” livestock takes up 49-percent of agricultural emissions (Kelly 2018). In this study, emissions reduced 28-percent without any animals, which could greatly lower greenhouse gases produced and promote positive change in the environment (Hall and White 2017). While it does not mean that all meat has to be completely cut out of diets, considering that America has such a meat-heavy diet, even eating meat one or two times less a week could greatly benefit the environment (Kelly 2018).
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