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Simmons World Challenge: Day 8 Reflections

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We’re on the home stretch of World Challenge already! With two days left, the time is flying by. Today’s events included a lecture from psychology Professor Greg Feldman, and some work with Simmons College Radio. I appreciate all those who have followed this arduous journey. In the end, I truly believe sustainability and mindful or (conscious) consumption will pay off. Click below to read more!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-8-reflections.html

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Simmons World Challenge: Day 7 Reflections

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The more I learn about sustainability, the less I know. Read about a sustainable organization, the progress on my team’s blog dedicated to sustainability, and the world of collaborative consumption I am just now uncovering.

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-7-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: Day 6 Reflections

Don’t all jump up at once, but Day 6 Reflections are here! As an aside, a blog educating about sustainability from my Simmons World Challenge team is coming shortly.

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-6-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: Day 5 Reflections

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Read about the shocking impact of waste management and recycling at Casella. Also, read more about my team’s progress with Simmons World Challenge, below!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-5-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: Day 4 Reflection

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Today was perhaps the most physically and mentally exhausting day of World Challenge thus far. My team and I worked ceaselessly from 10 to 5, breaking only to brainstorm over lunch. We did research, and really tried to think through every important detail of our Swap Meet from every angle. We were able to iron out a budget, potential stakeholders, and the communication strategy for our Swap Meet.

Praise creativity, don’t diminish it. Read about one team’s experiences with a big corporation, let’s just call them “Aramark” *wink wink*, and how our team is progressing on the idea of a sustainable swap meet. Enjoy!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-4-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: Day 2 Reflection

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Good Guide is a website which allows you to check the health, social, and environmental products you buy. Sustainability is not just about doing more with less, but being conscious of what we consume. 

Read more about my exploration with conscious consumption here: http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-2-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: Day 1 Reflection

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Okay, we have come to the close of the official first day of Simmons World Challenge. My reflections are below!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/day-1-reflections.html

Simmons World Challenge: New Sustainability World

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Diversity is important in biology, in the same way diversity in people and cultures needs to be valued.  And we don’t decide which cultures take precedent, in the same way we don’t tell ecological systems to “Scrap the snails this year!”

Here it is! The final blog for Simmons World Challenge before the program begins tomorrow! This is a brief discussion of James Gustave Speth’s The Bridge at the Edge of the World, in combination with some thoughts on Daniel Quinn’s (author of Ishmael) ideas, expressed in his books. More environmentalism, enjoy!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-sustainability-world.html

Simmons World Challenge: Consumption Scan #1

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I own 10 pairs of boots (including my horseback riding boots), 4 pairs of flats, 2 pairs of sneakers, and 3 pairs of what we’ll call “other.” What can be determined, aside from the fact I like boots? It’s too much. It really is too much for one person. It blatantly disregards the anatomically inevitable that I have just two feet, which lend themselves to one pair of shoes at a time. So why do I overbuy?

A simple scan of my closet at home and at Simmons showed some really scary results. At some point, everyone should do a “Consumption Scan” and truly look into what they need, versus what they want when it comes to purchasing power. What is it about consumer culture that draws us in? All that, and more, in my next blog post. Follow the link below to read!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/consumption-scan-1-dreaded-closet.html

Simmons World Challenge: Visualization

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But the gist of the message is consistent: Much of the wealth gap in the world is to blame for the belief that we, as first world citizens, own the planet and its precious resources, in the same way big corporations “own” our representatives in government. This pompous nature may be mildly empowering, but it is mainly debilitating.

For the next section of Simmons World Challenge, I had to watch “The Story of Stuff” and “Doing Better with Less”. Read about the wealth gap, consumerism, and social efficiency. The link to the Blogspot on which my thoughts and analyses are posted is below. Enjoy!

http://simmonsworldchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/01/visualization-story-of-stuff-and-doing.html