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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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David Jones

Penn State EcoChallenge 2017

"My mission is to use resources as efficiently and sustainably as possible while still enjoying a balanced lifestyle and appreciating the good and beauty all around me."


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Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.




I will write down three things every day for two weeks that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.



Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.



Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) per day.


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    David Jones 10/25/2017 4:28 PM
    How can you be part of the local and sustainable solution? The best thing you can do as an eco-conscious consumer is learn how your food is grown and demand responsible, sustainable practices at every opportunity.

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    David Jones 10/25/2017 4:20 PM
    My thankfulness blog for today:

    1. The freedom to pursue a broad array of interests within sustainability and renewable energy research at Penn State
    2. The strengthened sense of community that will result across the Penn State campus from the 2017 EcoChallenge
    3. The strong leadership of the Sustainability Institute and all of the students, staff and faculty that support their efforts

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    David Jones 10/24/2017 10:12 AM
    My thankfulness log for today:
    1. A beautiful morning after overnight rain
    2. Bursts of color among the trees on UP campus
    3. A 30-minute walk to enjoy them both! 😃

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    David Jones 10/23/2017 5:57 PM
    We keep two compost bins going in our back yard, one that we are actively adding to and a second one that is already well decomposed and we are using on our small vegetable gardens. Composting might be easier than you think! 🙂

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    David Jones 10/22/2017 8:20 PM
    My wife and I watched a documentary tonight on Netflix about the sustainable food movement titled simply “Sustainable” which was released in 2016. We have already started sharing this with friends and will be continuing conversations about what we learned. Highly recommend it!

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    David Jones 10/20/2017 7:52 PM
    Pesticides on conventionally grown pears have increased dramatically in recent years, according to the latest tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The sharp rise has vaulted the fruit back on EWG’s Dirty Dozen™ list of fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticide residues. Pears now rank sixth on the list, up from 22nd previously.

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      Jody Benson 10/20/2017 8:05 PM
      Thanks for your reply to me on my today's gratitude.  I don't exactly know how to send you an email, so I'm just writing here. By the way, I read today that flying insects have decreased by 6%/yr since 1900s.  I did NOT know that pears, wonderful pears, are pesticided so substantially.  And I like your gratitudes. I too often get too caught up in politics and worry to remember how beautiful the days are, the frost on the leaves, a deer in the yard, Venus before dawn....

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    David Jones 10/19/2017 2:31 PM
    My thankfulness log for the day:

    1. A beautiful drive to work this morning; 
    2. Good colleagues and conversations; 
    3. Yummy trail mix for an afternoon snack.

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    David Jones 10/18/2017 6:08 PM
    Today was National Bioenergy Day! I had the privilege of meeting with some of my fellow members of the PA State Wood Energy Team to discuss the promotion of sustainable heat and power production using biomass grown and harvested locally.

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      David Jones 10/18/2017 6:40 PM
      The most common source of biomass is wood, but can include many other plant-based materials such as grasses, crops or remnants of crops such as corn & corn stover, and even algae. All of these can be harvested or reused sustainably with the right management plans in place.

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      Dezi DeSiervi 10/18/2017 6:13 PM
      Sounds impressive. What is biomass?

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    David Jones 10/18/2017 6:03 PM
    Read this article from the Environmental Working Group to find out why the transformation of strawberries from an occasional treat to a cheap and abundant supermarket staple should serve as a cautionary tale about the consequences of chemically driven industrial agriculture.

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    David Jones 10/17/2017 2:17 PM
    A beautiful day for a walk in “the park”!