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Picking up the Habits - Understanding and changing the habits that make up who we are


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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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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
  2. 2. Name: Michelle VigenAlias: CERTs CampaignCoordinatorHometown: MoorheadHabits: Buggingpeople about energyand sustainablebehavior change
  3. 3. A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them. ~Frank A.
  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!
  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
  9. 9. Start with something EASY SMALL INCREMENTAL
  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.
  12. 12. Because soon you won’t notice them… First we make our habits. Then our habits make us… ~Charles C. Noble
  13. 13. Michelle VigenClean Energy Resource Teams Thanks! Any Questions?