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conscious student

I was inspired by Monash's "One Step" Campaign, because it illustrated how we have so many opportunities throughout the day to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Therefore, this is basically my journey. And I will post about choices that I feel are significant to MY LIFE AS A STUDENT and how my current situation presents me with every day choices to live a more sustainable or, as my title suggests, make choices while being conscious of their effects on the world. I am starting with... walking to school or taking the bus from the Bus Loop! (I haven't purchased a bike, as all of my classes are in the evening and I'm not comfortable with biking in the dark) YAY for lower carbon emissions!
My Progress: 
03/16/2019 - 08:51
Packing my own veggie-based lunch, enjoying the outdoors, and using reusable cutlery! (This was taken back when Monash Sport field was not under construction)
03/16/2019 - 08:49
Kitchen staples! Prevent packaging and buy in bulk so you can also choose the amount you buy! These are my foldable food container and metal utensils (easy to fold up and carry anywhere), beeswax wraps, and glass jars that I take to the bulk store.
03/16/2019 - 08:48
Kitchen staples! Prevent packaging and buy in bulk so you can also choose the amount you buy! These are my foldable food container and metal utensils (easy to fold up and carry anywhere), beeswax wraps, and glass jars that I take to the bulk store.
03/16/2019 - 08:48
Kitchen staples! Prevent packaging and buy in bulk so you can also choose the amount you buy! These are my foldable food container and metal utensils (easy to fold up and carry anywhere), beeswax wraps, and glass jars that I take to the bulk store.
03/16/2019 - 08:45
As a student, I am often looking for the most convenient (time and energy saving, for myself) and budget-friendly daily choices. How does living sustainably help, not just the world, but me too? First- I am glad to have discovered that buying from the Bulk Food store actually benefits me, because I can choose the exact quantity of a product! This is useful because I'm only shopping for one, and sometimes pre-packaged foods are too much or too little. This also helps the environment, because I have LESS FOOD WASTE and LESS PACKAGING WASTE. Second - Buying directly from farmers also benefits me, because it usually comes out cheaper! This helps the word because we can SUPPORT AND INCLUDE local businesses!
03/15/2019 - 03:47
As I've mentioned before, I am studying a Masters Degree at Monash for Inclusive and Special Education. This is really important to me, not just because I love kid and teaching, but because INCLUSIVE education is the most sustainable path for our schools today. In becoming more inclusive, we can lower poverty rates (because by educating everyone and providing everyone with equitable opportunities to succeed), we can improve the quality of education at our schools (because inclusive schools isn't just about students with disabilities, it's about helping everyone learn and achieve as best as they can), and creates more sustainable and peaceful communities (because everyone is contributing to society and respecting each other). How has this further translated into choices at Monash? So far, I have applied through a Monash Org to volunteer for a company that helps adults with intellectual disability to be productive or get jobs in the community. I'm really looking forward to this!
03/15/2019 - 03:35
As a student volunteer, I am often involved in planning extra-curricular events. When we first started, I made sure that all of our event materials contained reminders to bring your own (empty) plate or container, so that we will NOT use disposable cutlery. Now, however, I have been trying to include information on ACCESSIBILITY of our venues. Even if we don't know about the abilities/disabilities of the students attending our events, I think it is so important to know how ACCESSIBLE our venues are. Especially as a student of Master of Inclusive and Special Education, I would like to promote values of inclusion within my circles. For this reason, I was really happy to see that our picnic venue last week was wheelchair friendly!
03/15/2019 - 03:35
As a student volunteer, I am often involved in planning extra-curricular events. When we first started, I made sure that all of our event materials contained reminders to bring your own (empty) plate or container, so that we will NOT use disposable cutlery. Now, however, I have been trying to include information on ACCESSIBILITY of our venues. Even if we don't know about the abilities/disabilities of the students attending our events, I think it is so important to know how ACCESSIBLE our venues are. Especially as a student of Master of Inclusive and Special Education, I would like to promote values of inclusion within my circles. For this reason, I was really happy to see that our picnic venue last week was wheelchair friendly!
03/15/2019 - 03:26
Student life also includes DOING THE GROCERIES! While I always bring my cloth bags to the grocery (Small ones for weighing produce, and big ones for all of my groceries), I realized that I still have single-use packaging for my junk food and grains - like chocolate bar wrappers, chip and popcorn bags, rice bags, pasta bags, etc. This is why I am SO HAPPY that The Source Bulkfoods just opened a new branch at Stud Park Rowville! This store has all of my favorite foods in bulk, so I can take my glass containers over there and just fill them up! It's really close to my house, and made it so much easier for my to reduce my waste even more.
03/10/2019 - 01:25
Another way this step is relevant in student life - EATING AT CAMPUS! I bring my collapsible food container and foldable metal utensils to school every day, in case I suddenly want to buy some food. This way, I won't create waste. I also try to finish all of my food, to LESSEN FOOD WASTE. (I think this is often overlooked) I know there are compost bins on campus, but I can't seem to find them?

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