We all have habits, and we impact our climate by them, and how our they affect our hearts, homes, and health are the story of our time on this planet.  Please use the blog topics below to make your suggestions a comments about the 5 H's -- with all due respect to the 4H program.

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Results from July 6, 2013 meeting to generate ideas to reduce emissions: 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:32:00 AM

Household:

  • Have one meatless day a week
  • Support local food production
  • Build Community Gardens
  • Shop at Farmers' Markets
  • Organize Local Time/Talent Exchange
  • Turn thermostats up in summer and down in winter
  • Check out CPS Energy Savers Program
  • Insulate house
  • Plant trees to shade house
  • Reduce lawns through xeriscaping


Transportation:

  • Create carpool matches (i.e., NURIDE)
  • Make travel plans on Google and VIA
  • Bike and walk more
  • More bike lanes, parking, and green space
  • Have one week day be a no car day
  • Have seamless transportation system connecting:
  • streetcars, light rail, bus rapid transit, bus, walking and biking trails, commuter rail Austin/San Antonio, and a form of high speed rail to travel the state
  • transit-oriented development
  • Promote micro electric cars
  • Promote electric bikes
  • Promote adult electric trikes (3-wheeled bikes that can be pedalled and that have space for cargo)
  • Create network of full-sized, safe bike lanes, such as in Copenhagen
  • Reduce vehicle miles travelled

 

Renewable Energy:

  • Build concentrating solar plant between Austin/San Antonio to generate power for the two cities
  • Build a concentrating solar plant in West Texas to generate energy for whole state

Political/Economics:

  • Decouple energy and usage (no mass users)
  • Speak out at City Council meetings
  • Implement Smart Growth/Compact City goals
  • Do political activist work
  • Change industry
  • Change investment strategies
  • Taxing Tar Sands
  • Change land use regulations

Notes: Smart Growth/Compact Growth could go under Urban Planning Goals also. I placed a verb in front of each entry; that may make entries too long. If so, the verbs can be removed. I am not sure if "Decouple energy and usage ( no mass users)" is stated correctly.

50 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint 

Sunday, August 18, 2013 5:24:00 PM

 50 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

 

FOOD:
Eat local, sustainably grown, in season foods
Support Farmers’ Markets
Compost
Pack Your Lunch
Limit Meat, Go Vegetarian Once a Week
Avoid Defrosting Food in Microwave
Eat Food with Less Packaging and Processing
Preserve Summer’s Bounty, Learn to Can
Use a Solar Cooker
Support Restaurants that Use Sustainable Practices
Plan Meals Ahead to Minimize Trips to Store
Avoid Waste: Use Leftovers Creatively
WATER:
Don’t Drink Bottled Water
Wash Laundry in Cold Water
Install Low Flow Showerheads
Shower Instead of Bathing
Take Shorter Showers
Collect Rainwater for Your Garden
Plant Native Drought-Resistant Plants

PAPER:
Go Paperless, Switch Accounts to On-Line
Wrap Gifts Creatively
Re-use Your Newspaper
Read Newspapers On-line
Stop Junk Mail
Print Double-Sided
ELECTRICITY/ENERGY:
Use Natural Lighting
Replace Incandescent Bulbs with CFLs
Limit Household to 1 TV
Turn off Lights
Turn off Computer When Not in Use
Unplug Vampire Chargers (ex. cellphone)
Drip Dry Dishes
Turn off Power Strips
Line Dry Clothes
Holiday Lights? Use LEDs
New TV? Go LCD
Replace Old Appliances with Energy Star
Insulate Your Home
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Use Push Mower to Mow Lawn
Install Solar Water Heater

TRANSPORTATION:
Bike or Walk
Use Public Transit
Carpool or Rideshare
Drive Slowly (55-60 mph)
Use Cruise Control
Properly Inflate Tires
Consolidate Car Trips, Bundle Errands
Drive a Fuel Efficient Vehicle
Avoid Idling Your Car
ACTION:
Vote for Climate Action
Write, Call, and Email Elected Officials
Sign a Petition
Volunteer Your Time

Check your usage 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:38:00 AM

 Use a carbon calculator, or an energy footprint to know what you consume and how you can conserve.  The EPA has one of the best.

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Passion, Hearts, and other Juices 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:52:00 PM

 We talk a lot these days about passion, and folks who care about the climate are usually pretty passionate about the topic, their activities, and how one responds to the changing planet.  Join us here and tell something of your passions. What we feel is probably as important as what we think.

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Home is where the heart is 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 6:59:00 PM

 We spend the larger proportion of our time in our homes, and they are probably where we most reflect our actual presence on the planet; so how do you show your concerns at home?

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Being Whole 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:03:00 PM

 It is apparent that our individual health, our communal health, and our planetary health are closely connected; so what issues of health and climate resonate with you?