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The Official Blog of the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon

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Reflections of participants in the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon

  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    I think that trying to live a more sustainable life cannot be done in a few days or a week. I think it takes the commitment to make small adjustments that can be sustained (hehe) over time, rather than drastically changing the way you live for a week then reverting back to old ways. The small adjustments can add up over time, and after a while, become habit, not inconvenience. And like Keith says (I also said this in last weeks journal): If its not fun, its not sustainable.
  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    sustainability is about taking into account the consequences our choices and actions have on the environment, recognizing that we are part of our environment rather than separate from it, and finding new ways to live without compromising what we consider to be our current needs and wants.
  •  What does sustainability mean to you?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    I think what has struck me most about this class is how big of a difference little changes can make. Last month, I made it my houses goal to reduce the amount of water we use each month because with 10 girls the water bill can be pretty high! We were able to reduce our bill by $15 this month and it was just because everyone tried to take shorter showers. We didnt do anything drastic, we just were more conscientious and it had huge results.
  •  What does the sustainability mean to you now?

    Wednesday, May. 6, 2009
    This project has allowed me to see another side of sustainability. I think that beyond the physical actions one takes, the community aspect of sustainability plays just as important of the role.
  •  How will you use your experiences after the Decathlon is over?

    Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009
    For me learning is a life long process. There is always something new to learn and everyone has knowledge to share with others.