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1 Green Celebrations A program of Reclaim Your Holidays, an initiative to help Iowans create more meaningful celebrations and reduce ecological footprints Susan Salterberg with Kristi Cooper

2 Green Celebrations Session 1: Rethinking Holiday Celebrations Session 2: Simplifying Gift-Giving, Food & Gatherings Session 3: Taking Green Celebrations/ RYHs to Your Community

3 Rethinking Holiday Celebrations Goal: To deepen your understanding of the… 1)ecological impact of consumption 2)relationship between life satisfaction and “stuff”

4 Rethinking Holiday Celebrations Once basic needs are met, happiness is achieved through such things as engaging in activities of interest to us & spending time with friends and family.

5 Welcome State your first name and something you love in the natural world completing the sentence: “I love…”

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7 Waste Hierarchy

8 Recycling Re- process material to a make another product

9 Reuse Use product in original form, but in new way.

10 Reduce What is it???

11 Reduce  Reduce consumer use of materials  Reduce material use in product manufacture  Decrease toxicity  Increase useful life (durability, repair-ability)

12 Reduce Reduced (or more efficient) consumer use of materials

13 Reduce Reduced material use in product manufacture

14 Reduce Decreased toxicity

15 Reduce Increased useful life through durability and repair- ability

16 Reduction Prevents the generation of waste. It’s the preferred—but often- overlooked—strategy.

17 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Yet, the hierarchy has its limitations. “Reduction” suggests “consuming less,” but “consuming better” may sometimes be preferred.

18 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The hierarchy has its limitations. Production and consumption are far more important needs to address than disposal.

19 Sustainable Consumption Consuming less and consuming better prevent waste. Sustainable consumption also prevents air and water pollution, loss of soil & loss of natural resources, including fossil fuels.

20 Resources that Introduce “Stuff” & Consumption George Carlin video Cartoon of drawers in staircase

21 Resources that Enlighten about Ecological Impacts of Consumption Waste Hierarchy PowerPoint slides Life Cycle of the Phone video

22 Indicate level of Agreement/Disagreement (6 point scale): Our country would be better off if we all consumed less (National Sample N=1500 March 2009 Yale Cultural Cognition Project)

23 Some places consume less, yet life satisfaction is higher Income/Emissions/Life Satisfaction Compared (

24 The Best Things in Life What life experiences have made you feel totally alive and vibrant?

25 Memories at Holidays & Celebrations Write down three times of deep joy and satisfaction in conjunction with “family” at holidays or other celebrations.

26 Memories… Choose one memory and describe: What were you doing? Who were you with? What parts were most energizing/joyous? Were there material things essential to making this experience possible? If so, what were they? What, if anything, prevents you from repeating this experience or others like it?

27 Americans think these changes would be “a good thing” 1)More emphasis on family life. 2)Having to learn new skills and self-reliance. 3)Reduction in individual consumption levels.

28 Rethinking Holiday Celebrations Goal: To deepen your understanding of the… 1)ecological impact of consumption 2)relationship between life satisfaction and “stuff”

29 Citations Slide 6: Cartoon reprinted with permission of the Bill Knowlton estate Slide 7 & 16 (Waste hierarchy illustration): Slides 8-15 (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce definitions): Decision Maker’s Guide to Solid Waste Management, Volume II, (EPA 530-R ), Retrieved 10/1/12 at page 5-2 Slides 17 & 18 (Hierarchy): David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Slide 22 (We’d be better off if we consumed less): PolicyInteractive Research, Eugene, Oregon Slide 23 (Life satisfaction slide): PolicyInteractive Research, Eugene, Oregon Data from Income: Per Capita World Bank 2008 estimate (Atlas Method); Emissions: Tons CO2/capita World Resources Institute (Source: Nationmaster); Life Satisfaction:: Life Satisfaction Index Gallup World Survey 2008 (Source: World Database of Happiness) Slides (Memories): Burch, Mark A., The Simplicity Exercises: A Sourcebook for Simplicity Educators. The Simplicity Institute, Melbourne, Australia. Slide 27 (Changes would be a “good thing”): Policy Interactive Research, Eugene, Oregon, December 2009, 403 participants (MOE 4.9%);

30 Special thanks for funding… The Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program & The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Alternatives Program

31 Green Celebrations A program of Reclaim Your Holidays Susan Salterberg, Center for Energy & Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa In partnership with Kristi Cooper, Iowa State University Extension


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