TerraBluTeams Practice #39

“Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, then it is not yet the end.”

Quote from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The WHAT AND WHY:

I crafted my first bucket list when I survived breast cancer for the third time. It was twenty items long. I keep adding and crossing off as I go along. After seeing the Bucket List in 2007 (with 2 of my favorite actors), I started my own sustainability bucket list. Two of my items I completed in the 2011: a sustainability education at Presidio and starting this non-profit, TerraBluTeams.

Several weeks ago I referred to another bucket list item, the tiny net-zero house. Several of my followers responded with their own sustainable bucket lists (see Beth who blogged hers in the Deep Dive).

Your practice this week is to draft your own sustainability bucket list. Please send me yours in the comments or email to vera@blucirclezeroplus.com. Thanks!

The WHY: Saving the planet’s resources for our children and children’s children. And bucket lists are fun.

Here are the top ten sustainable items listed from your emails:

  1. Reduce my personal and family landfill waste to one cubic liter, vermicomposting food.
  2. Build, buy or retro-fit my dwelling into a zero footprint home.
  3. Expand my organic garden to include year-round edible growth indoors/outdoors.
  4. Become a one-car family; own a fully electric car and/or convert an existing vehicle to run on recycled oil.
  5. Become a vegetarian.
  6. Take zero-footprint vacations.
  7. Volunteer, support and advocate sustainability more with social, cultural and sustainable non-profits and clean energy centers in my own community.
  8. Make sure my purchases are thoughtful of the lifecycle of the product.
  9. Practice the Four R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, rebuy, replenish, repair, repurpose and rethink.
  10. Re-use and integrate recycled Building & Grounds waste or property at my workplace into reclaimed/recycled artwork/sculpture for my students and the community.

Your practice this week is to draft your own sustainability bucket list. Please send me yours in the comments or email to vera@blucirclezeroplus.com. Thanks!

The HOW:

How to make your bucket list (with pictures)

Questions you should ask yourself when making a bucket list

Bucket List.org’s site where real people tell their bucket list stories

The Deep Dive:

Beth’s Sustainable Bucket List

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

EPS Environmental Compliance Assistance

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