Picking up the Habits   Understanding and changingthe habits that make up who we are  Michelle Vigen, CERTs Campaign & Met...
Name: Michelle VigenAlias: CERTs CampaignCoordinatorHometown: MoorheadHabits: Buggingpeople about energyand sustainablebeh...
A habit is something         you can do without         thinking –         which is why most of         us have so many of...
The automatic self takes care of mostmundane actions for us.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.~AristotleTherefore…We are eaters, drivers,poll...
600 students 150,000 showers = 3.75 million gallonsA habit of 7 min showers saves a million gallons
600 students = 108,000 kWh wasted/yrDoes your room look like this?                      = 360,000 lbs of coal per year!
HabitsHabits                    Perceptions                     Perceptions Economics  Economics             Peer Pressure...
Start with something    EASY    SMALL    INCREMENTAL            www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
Name all potential excuses…These are your BARRIERS.Deal with them before you get to them.
37% Bike commute in Copenhagen, Why?        Power Police Power Strip Fix!                                       Eliminate ...
Because soon you won’t notice them…     First we make our habits.      Then our habits make us…         ~Charles C. Noble ...
Michelle VigenClean Energy Resource Teams     vigen010@umn.edu                  Thanks!           Any Questions?    www.cl...
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A short presentation on how habits make up the greater part of our every-day behavior and the environmental impact possible from changing habits. Presented to the community of Crookston, MN at the University of Minnesota - Crookston.

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  • 03/02/13 22:41 © 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries. The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.
  • Introduction My name is Michelle, and I’m really excited to be here today, because what you and this campus are embarking on is a change of habit. I work with a group called the Clean Energy Resource Teams, and we work to help Minnesota communities (such as your campus) identify and implement clean energy projects.
  • So, let’s take an inventory -   Now, what are some good habits? Brushing your teeth…maybe flossing, setting your alarm clock, taking a shower (I hope!), wearing your seat belt, stretching after a workout…working out, in general, charging your phone at night, washing your face, writing down your assignments. Habits…who here has some BAD habits?! Nail biting, procrastination, being late, bad posture, smoking, too much junk food, not exercising, too much Facebook, texting while driving , impulse buying, hitting the snooze too many times, not turning off the lights when you leave the room, showering for 15 minutes, driving when you could bus or bike, leaving the water on when brushing your teeth.   Habits are an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary . In other words, you’ve done something so many times, you don’t need to think about it. Example: Crawling out of bed for your 8am class…Who here could make it to their bedroom door with eyes closed? Bathroom? Brush your teeth? By then, I hope you’re awake…   A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them. ~Frank A. Clark 03/02/13 22:41
  • Habits follow from our automatic selves. We don’t make active decisions about these actions each time we do them (that would take a lot of time out of our day), they are automatic. And that’s a good thing…that’s why you might even defend them by saying, they just make sense!   The thing is, all of our actions, and especially our habits, have impacts. Big crazy impacts. Not because the actions are huge, but because we repeat them again and again and again and again and again. And there’s a lot of us.  
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle   One of the things we tend to forget (usually because we humans do such a good job of building our environment) is that many of our habits impact the environment whether directly or through our consumerism and energy use.   Even our simple good habits can result in habitual and large impacts. Take the amount of time you spend in the shower. And trust me, showering is a good habit. But how long we shower can change that. SHOWERING Let’s take a quick poll: Who here is in the shower for more than 5 minutes? Raise them proudly! Now, keep your hands up. Who showers for more than 7 minutes? 8 minutes? 9? 10? 12? 15? More than 17? More than 20? Whoa now! I don’t even want to know anymore!   The average American spends about 10 minutes in the shower.   Most showerheads should be at standard levels of 2.5 gallons per minute, and a lot aren’t, but let’s go with 2.5 gallons per minute.   So, that’s easy math: 25 gallons per shower per student But 600 students living in campus house and I hope you shower almost every day, so maybe out of the 9 months in the year, 250 showers.
  • 2.5 gallons per minute and 10 minute showers…that’s for 600 students over 9 months Well, now we’re up to 3,750,000 gallons of water per 9 months.   500,000 square feet, or to fill the first 14 feet of the your Student Center with water.   What if those 600 students took a 7 minute shower instead? You’d save over a million gallons of water over that 9 months. ELECTRICITY/VAMPIRE POWER Each year, you…yes you, can end up wasting 180 kWh…your computer, dvd player, printers, microwaves, etc….when Jana asks if you’re using more than you need…Do you REALLY need your DVD player plugged in when you’re SLEEPING? 180 kWh x 600 students… >>>>
  • TV 60, DVD 30, Gaming 6, Other 1 Computer + Monitor 20, Printer 50, Other 3 = 180 kWh/year x 600 students 108,000 kWh saved per year (1/3 of goal) 360,000 lbs of coal
  • There’s a lot of things that reinforce our habits, good and bad… It’s hard to make change, There’s a lot of information out there about how to change ourselves. You’ve probably heard a lot of them, one being: 1) Set a Goal 2) Plan on how to get there (Easier written than implemented) 3) Do it Blah Blah Blah   Has anyone tried this for exercising more or eating a healthier diet? Has it worked for anyone?   Changing habits sounds easy, right? But if it was easy, wouldn’t we all have better habits by now?   I’m proposing a different method:
  • Setting a goal is cool. I like to drive with my eyes open and I like to be at least somewhat intentional on where I’m going. Goals are good. We need them. But don’t let this be another New Years Resolution. Let it be a 10-seconds a day resolution. Something easy, incremental, and small. It’s like, this, I like to build my to-do lists with a few things I’ve already done. Might be me personally, but I appreciate the extra encouragement. Pick a small goal, like flossing even once a week, or trying one new food at each meal for just one day. Nothing ground shaking, but pick it and keep it.
  • Now figure out all the different reasons why you haven’t done that in the past and what could keep you from doing it now. Look for excuses that you would use even on your best day. Throw them all out there. I had like 30 some reasons to not go to the gym I found out. I was pretty impressed with myself, and who cares about the benefits. I know them all. In this step, we want to focus on the things that keep us from doing what we really want to do.
  • 3) Re-arrange your environment - Change your world, not in the Ganhdian sense, but re-arrange it. See what you can do about the infrastructure of your life to make it easier to do what you want to do. Eliminate your excuses up front. Make your world easier to live better in. Examples……… POWERSTRIPS Put things on power strips in a way to optimize a full shut down, and place strips in places where you can reach them. Once you’ve noted that on your way out the door you hit “here” and “there” and it’s all powered down, it’s not so bad anymore. WORKING OUT Pick a place close to you
  • 4) Enjoy the benefits of your new habit , because soon you won’t notice them. First we make our habits, then our habits make us…. – Charles C Noble When you’re living in a situation where you pay your energy bills, take note of your changes. I tracked energy in a 1 bedroom apartment before and after simple changes (light bulbs to CFLS, turning off the lights, and unplugging equipment), and the apartment was saving over 60% of its bill. Now if your bill is $30 a month, that’s almost $20 a month. Convert to pizza or dvds, etc. 03/02/13 22:41
  • Picking up the Habits - Understanding and changing the habits that make up who we are

    1. 1. Picking up the Habits Understanding and changingthe habits that make up who we are Michelle Vigen, CERTs Campaign & Metrics Coordinator University of Minnesota - Crookston www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    2. 2. Name: Michelle VigenAlias: CERTs CampaignCoordinatorHometown: MoorheadHabits: Buggingpeople about energyand sustainablebehavior change www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    3. 3. A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them. ~Frank A. Clarkwww.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    4. 4. The automatic self takes care of mostmundane actions for us.
    5. 5. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.~AristotleTherefore…We are eaters, drivers,polluters, brushers ofteeth, video gamers,homeworkers, and energyusers! www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    6. 6. 600 students 150,000 showers = 3.75 million gallonsA habit of 7 min showers saves a million gallons
    7. 7. 600 students = 108,000 kWh wasted/yrDoes your room look like this? = 360,000 lbs of coal per year!
    8. 8. HabitsHabits Perceptions Perceptions Economics Economics Peer Pressure Peer Pressure Politics Politics Losses and Risks Losses and RisksChoices Choices Misinformation Misinformation www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    9. 9. Start with something EASY SMALL INCREMENTAL www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    10. 10. Name all potential excuses…These are your BARRIERS.Deal with them before you get to them.
    11. 11. 37% Bike commute in Copenhagen, Why? Power Police Power Strip Fix! Eliminate your excuses upfront, make your world easier to live better in. www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    12. 12. Because soon you won’t notice them… First we make our habits. Then our habits make us… ~Charles C. Noble www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org
    13. 13. Michelle VigenClean Energy Resource Teams vigen010@umn.edu Thanks! Any Questions? www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org

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