Thursday, January 13, 2011

sustainability inspiration…

As I’ve explored nutrition and responsibility, I’ve found that the principle of sustainability, or living in a way that contributes to the preservation and restoration of the world, is most certainly relevant.

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Day 12: Give back to the environment

Although sustainability encompasses many things, I most often think about its relation to the environment. There are many ways [both big and small] to practice environmental responsibility:

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One thing I have always found interesting is the concept of commuter cycling…not only for its positive effect on the environment but for its contribution to health. I had the pleasure of interviewing 4 fantastic individuals from all over (St. Louis, Nashville, Chicago, W. Michigan) about their experiences with cycling as a primary form of transportation.

Dan is one my classmates from SLU’s dietetic internship. While the rest of us drove to our rotation sites and classes, Dan braved the crazy St. Louis drivers on his bike.

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Dottie lives in Chicago and is a fantastic photographer. She and her husband decided to ditch their car after a year of living in Chicago…and never looked back.

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Dave is a friend who’s made a lot of great strides toward sustainable living in a very non-progressive town. He loves Michael Pollan’s books and discussing food responsibility [and also commuted by foot for the first 1.5 years without a car].

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Trisha is 1/2 of the blogging team behind Let’s Go Ride a Bike. She still has a car but bikes 2.5 miles daily to work.

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What are some of the ways you practice sustainability? Have you ever thought about commuting via bicycle? If you have any questions, leave some comment love, and I’ll forward them to my contributors. Thanks to Dan, Dottie and Trisha at Let’s Go Ride a Bike, and Dave for collaborating with me on this post. 

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21 comments:

  1. love this post! I recently bought a new bike and I've been wanting to ride it to and from SLU, but haven't made it a priority yet. Thanks for the inspiration to just do it :)

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  2. I buy local, ride my bike everywhere, and I ALWAYS use my recyclable bags. I also purchase natural cleaners.

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  3. I unplug appliances not being used, use recyclable bags, purchase natural cleaners and reuse plastic ziploc bags and try to plan my errands together to cut down on car use!
    I love the 'note card' summaries of each biker!

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  4. Emily,
    This was great! When the weather warms up I'll try biking to work instead! It's only 7 miles and a beautiful ride at that!
    Thanks for the encouragement and great interviews. Keep up the great work!
    Emily Tisch

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  5. I love the idea of commuting on a bike. When I move in the summer, I'm leaving my car here and relying on my bike! Thankfully I'll be moving to a bike friendly city. I'm excited to see how it works out!

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  6. i've definitely thought about commuting via bike before. and in the spring/summer i have. it's just so tough during the winter!

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  7. i went on an alternative spring break to work on an organic farm in california and it was the most rewarding experience of my life. really opened my eyes. i'm much more aware and environmentally cautious

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  8. Hooray for local! That is one thing I love about this island. So much of the agricultural stuff is local, and the packaged stuff is from the mainland, although we do get a lot of produce from places like Spain and Brazil, and at the commissary it is all from Germany. But as for eggs and dairy, I can look outside my window and get a good idea of where it comes from.

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  9. I love love the idea of biking around! I wish we were more like Europe, they are very bike friendly!

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  10. As I read this post, Nick is bundling up to ride the bike to work! We will hopefully be BOTH riding our bikes this summer, once we get a second bike. There is no reason for either of us to drive when it's nice out (or when it's cold with no snow on the roads) because we live about a half a mile away from work! It's so perfect. People always think we are crazy, but in reality, we would be crazy NOT to ride our bikes!

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  11. Great post! One of my 2011 goals is to increase local food purchases. I try and get all our meat locally (pretty successful with this) and will be getting all produce locally when the farmer's markets are more active! I do go to the winter ones but they're generally once a month and don't have produce at this time of the year. I'm really excited about buying locally!

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  12. i dont drive..mainly cuz im procrastinating about getting my license..but i bus instead. the majority is spent walking tho, i think walking is the best transportation. and once i get a new bike lock, i'll use that instead of having to buy bus tickets! i love seeing people switching to eco travel alternatives and we're fortunate here in Victoria where the majority of people do the same! <3 woot!!

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  13. This makes me miss my bike and sunny days. *sniffle*

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  14. lovely post and so cool you highlighted cyclists great job Emily

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  15. Great post-love the blog! I wish I lived somewhere that I could bike around everywhere!

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  16. I wish I could bike to work but the roads on the way kind of scare me... I'm also a wimp I realize. Some day I would really like to bike to work though- good exercise and good for the environment.

    I personally love parsnips- I think the cooking does help the bitter taste.

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  17. Cute post! I'm a huge biking advocate. Coming from the country, my bike didn't do me much good except for getting some exercise in. But now that I live in the city, I couldn't imagine not having my bike. I can so easily jet around wherever, for free, and often in quicker times, zipping around traffic!

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  18. I've never been a biker, but I do love to walk long distances. My favorite practice of sustainability is to compost, which in my view is the ultimate form of recycling.

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  19. This is an awesome post! I love this whole idea of sustainability, really. The little cards are adorable. :)

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  20. I love this post! What an important topic - I'm always looking for new ideas to live "more green"!

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  21. Great post. I hope more people try to commute by bicycle or at least ride a bike for fun. Even if its just one person I would consider it a success. check out this cool guy I found on twitter just the other day. http://www.copenhagencyclechic.com/

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