Here I am, back on schedule! Adam and I are spending a lot of time these days thinking about the future of this blog, the future of our project, and where we want to go next. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more on those topics, because I’m going to be asking for some reader input.
Today, though, I’m hoping you can help me with a few other things. With only 6 weeks left to go before our year is officially up (!), I’m wanting to finish strong and really make sure this blog is as useful, informative, and fun to read as possible. I’ve only got another week of teaching, and then my summer is officially here! While my summer now needs to be split between job hunting and writing, I will have some extra time on my hands for research, writing, and sprucing up the ‘ol blog. To that end, I’m hoping for some of your input. Like a course evalulation, I’d like you to tell me what’s working, what isn’t, and what you’d like to see added/changed. Specifically, if you have a moment, here are my questions for our Green Garbage Project readership:
- What do you particularly like or find helpful about this blog?
- How often do you check in to read the blog?
- Is there anything you’d like to see added to the blog on a regular basis?
- Do you have any garbage-related questions you’d like me to research/answer? (When Adam and I are interviewed, the most common questions we entertain are, “What do you do about _______?” Fill in the blank for me – is there anything you’re wondering how we handle when it comes to avoiding trash)?
And, just for fun, something I encountered this week:
Cool new Burgerville reciept. Now I know this isn’t strictly trash-related, but I wanted to share anyway. Burgerville is a sustainable fast food chain in the Portland/Western Washington area, serving things like locally grown produce and free range meat. All of their energy use is offset with carbon credits, and all “plastic” in the restaurants is actually corn-based and compostable. While these compostable plastics are a whole can of worms in themselves, at least this is a step in the right direction. In Vancouver, specifically, the servers bus tables for patrons and sort out the trash from the compost.
Anyway, I’m getting off-track. During our most recent visit, we brought our reciept back to our table and found this neat little itemized number listing the nutritional facts of all the food items in my meal. Here was my break-down:
- Spicy Anasazi (veggie) Burger – 680 calories
- Regular Fries – 360 calories
- Regular Soda – 184 calories
Who knew the veggie burger could rack up so many calories!? The fries and soda, sure, but I figure just by virtue of eating veg, I usually get away with fewer overall calories. This thing is a great idea and I simply love how this restaurant at least tries. This will certainly make me think twice the next time I order.