servation strategies. Another environmental science major, she works for an environmental remediation company in Minneapolis. She brings canvas bags to the
grocery store, recycles, shops at the farmers’ market and reads documents on her
computer rather than printing them.
Though utilities are included in her apartment, she keeps the heat low and uses air
conditioning sparingly. In summer and
fall, she often walks and rides her bike,
though she finds it tough to opt for a
walk in the cold Minneapolis winters.
Some other strategies that she’d like to
adopt will have to wait a little while.
“At this point in my life, where I’m
just starting to get established, I’m still
keeping in mind all the things I’d like to
do when I have a little more money,” she
said. “Whenever I do buy a house, I will
make sure I have energy-efficient appliances and that the house is not leaking
heat or air. Depending on what the technology is when I get to that point, I’ll
make sure I drive the most fuel-efficient
or nonfuel-burning car. And I’ll be more
active in different groups advocating for
changes. Wherever I choose to live for a
long period of time, whether they have
good public transportation will probably
— Kathleen Kearns
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