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Treat Yourself to Pulses: Recipes

For more information on International Year of Pulses, check out Part One of our blog series.

Want to harness low-cost, eco-friendly pulse-power in your diet? If so, you are in for a treat! Pulses are so flexible that you can find them in a vast variety of recipes and it may surprise you what you can make in your own kitchen.

(Credit Peamon Tart team)

For example, 2015’s Mission ImPULSEible national winners and UAlberta alumni Minghua Yu, Kaixing Tang and Andrea Roman were kind enough to share their recipe for a lemon tart with a gluten-free crust made from a mixture of canned pulses.

PULSE winners 2015

Peamon Tart Recipe

Mixed bean paste crust

  • 1 cup mixed bean paste (red kidney beans, chickpeas, Romano beans and great northern white beans)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 113 grams unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons pea protein

Crust cooking instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 425 F.
  2. Insert the bean mix or chickpeas in the grinding attachment of a stand mixer. Place 113 grams of butter into an electric stand mixer and beat until smooth. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of xanthan gum into the stand mixer, continue beating until all ingredients are well incorporated into the mix.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 2 teaspoons of lemon zest into the mixer, continue to mix.
  4. Add 1 cup of bean paste into the mixer and beat at a low speed until all ingredients are well combined. If the crust appears to soft and sticky to handle, place in the freezer for approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Take about 1 tablespoon of dough and place it in the centre of 1-inch muffin tins; press dough onto the bottom and the sides.
  6. Pierce the bottom of the crust with a fork.
  7. Place the pan in the centre of the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown; approximately 13 to 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and let the crusts cool down at room temperature for approximately 5 minutes.

Cream-cheese lemon filling

  • 140 g of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 teaspoons of lemon zest
  • ½ tablespoon of cornstarch

Filling instructions

  1. Place 140 grams of cream- cheese into the electric stand mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Add ½ cup of sugar into the mixer and continue to bean until it is well incorporated. Add eggs into the mixer and continue beating. Add ½ cup of fresh lemon juice and 2.5 teaspoons of lemon zest into the mixer, mix until a uniform filling is made.
  2. Pour filling into the pre baked tart shell and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until filling starts to bubble.
  3. Cool the tarts for about 5 minutes in the freezer; transfer to a baking pan and refrigerate until well chilled, approximately 2 hours.

Other recipes

Looking for more pulse recipes? Here are a couple of favourites from the Office of Sustainability staff:

If you want to make yourself popular with a crowd, try these Vegan, Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies that Jasmine brought to the office.
Black-Bean-Brownies-Recipe

(Credit: Minimalist Baker)

 “I like this recipe because it’s a secretly healthy, yet delicious dessert with more texture than regular baked goods.  I also enjoy making people guess what unique ingredients I’ve merged with desserts.”

Jasmine, Outreach Assistant

If you’d rather make everyone jealous with how delicious your lunch smells, try making Spicy Chickpea, Coconut & Tomato Soup which Emma enjoys.

spicysoup2

(Credit: Julian the Thinker)

“I love this recipe because it’s very tasty, vegan-friendly and inexpensive to make. I like to blend the soup and then freeze it in muffin tins, making it easy to portion and bring for lunches.”

Emma, Project Planner – Green Labs

Want a substantial meal with pulses? Eric is a pro at getting a full meal without animal products, so it’s no wonder that he enjoys a Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burger.

Black Bean Quinoa Burger(Credit: The Foodie Physician)

“It’s a hearty, satisfying meal with a unique flavour profile that goes well in a lettuce leaf, if you want a healthier option than a bun. I love that it is easy to make and freezes well. It’s a perfect alternative to a classic meat burger. “

Eric, Graphic Designer

Have any tasty pulse recipes you’d like to share? Please comment or tweet us at @greenuofa!

About The Author

Kateryna Barnes is the Communications Assistant for the Office of Sustainability. Her favourite pulse-based recipe is Post Punk Kitchen’s Black Bean & Quinoa Soup because it’s an easy-to-make, affordable and healthy recipe that freezes well and reminds her of chili.

Celebrate International Year of Pulses

This year the United Nations declared 2016 International Year of Pulses as a way to grow awareness about the benefits of pulses as a part of an affordable, sustainable and healthy diet.

That sounds great, but what is a pulse?

Pulses: Not just a sign of life in your wrist

Pulses are part of the legume family. According to the UN’s definition , pulses only include crops harvested solely for their dried seeds; fresh peas and beans don’t count and neither do oilseeds like soybeans and peanuts.

Pulse_graphic_p3 (Credit: Pulse Canada)

As pulses are dried seeds, they can be stored for long periods without losing their nutritional value and are easily transported. Farmers who grow pulses have the option to both eat as well as sell their harvest.

Pulses are powerhouses that improve soil fertility by fixing nitrogen which extends the productivity of farmland. While they are growing, they also create a more diverse landscape for animals and insects and indirectly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, some pulses can be cultivated in very poor-quality soils and semi-arid environments where other crops cannot be grown.

Like other legumes, pulses are packed with protein, fiber and nutrients such as iron, folate and potassium. They are also low in fat and cholesterol-free; they can even help lower cholesterol. A 2014 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that pulses can help reduce LDL-cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Pulses are an incredibly environmentally-friendly source of protein. For example, it takes 4,275 kilograms more water to produce one kilogram of chicken than it does to produce one kilogram of lentils or split peas.

nat post cauliflower

 

 

(credit: G. Clement – National Post)

Recently, Canadian consumers have been dealing with shockingly high food costs in the face of a struggling economy (Hello, $7 cauliflower). If you’re looking to cut down on your food budget, integrating pulses into your diet might be a good option. They are an incredibly affordable source of low-fat protein. Next time you are in the grocery store, compare the costs of beans, chickpeas or lentils per gram to the cost of chicken.

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  (Data: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

Pulses are also grown in Canada—and a lot of them too! In Alberta one in every twenty acres of cropped land grows pulses.

With all these pulses, Canada is by far the largest exporter of pulses on the planet, exporting 3.65 times more pulses than the next largest nation. With the bulk of the pulses being grown in the Prairies, they are quite local and accessible for Albertans.

Pulses are such an important crop in Canada that there’s even a national food development competition for students, Mission ImPULSEible, where competitors must create a tasty and healthy food product using pulses in an innovative way. This year, a team of UAlberta students represented Alberta in the national competition with their product BiotaGelata, which uses Alberta-grown pulses to make a non-dairy, vegan gelato. This summer they will be going to Chicago for the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

When they looked into making a pulse-based frozen dessert, they realized there was a market for it.

biotagelata

(Credit: BiotaGelata)

“We did a lot of research into the dairy-free market, and a lot of the products use soy or coconut milk,” said Nicolle Mah, one of the BiotaGelata team members. “With a lot of soy allergies, or many people who don’t like the flavor of coconut, we thought this would be innovative and would catch on with the market.”

With a bit of culinary know-how from teammate Austen Neil (who worked at Fiasco Gelato in Calgary and has experience as a pastry chef), the team created their own Maple Walnut gelato recipe. The dessert took first place in the provincial Mission ImPULSEible competition earlier this year.

The BiotaGelata team hopes International Year of Pulses and competitions like Mission ImPULSEible gives these crops their due.

“A lot of people don’t realize what a pulse is,” said Chandre Van De Merwe. “They also don’t realize that they are cheap and you can do a lot with a pulse.”

Want to try eating more pulses? Check back for Part Two to check out five creative pulse recipes!

About The Author

Kateryna Barnes is the Communications Assistant for the Office of Sustainability. She’s trying to eat more pulses in her diet to be healthier and more sustainable.

Why Valentine’s Day is the absolute worst

Did you have a terrible Valentine’s Day? It’s not uncommon. This special day in the calendar can be especially hard, whether you’re single or in a relationship. It’s hard on the planet too! Our resident blogger Maja Staka examines Valentine’s Day through the lenses of social, economic and environmental sustainability.


Valentine’s Day is a holiday we all know too well. Our earliest memories go back to elementary school, when the holiday was basically an excuse to gorge ourselves on chocolate kisses and scour the drugstore aisles for the coolest cards to give our friends. Confetti was thrown around without a care and arts and crafts revolved around making crooked paper hearts for our mothers that said things like “thank you for feeding me so I don’t die” and “you are the bestest mom.”

At the end of the day, Valentine’s was just free candy and a giant bag of cards to feed our ego. Now, the holiday mostly involves misinterpreted text messages and endless Pandora commercials. The truth is, unless you’re the CEO of a greeting card company, a florist or a cheap motel owner, Valentine’s Day is the absolute worst—for us, and for the environment.

Love letters for landfills

First of all, the evolution of Valentine’s Day as a celebration of love has not exemplified ideals of social inclusion. According to the telegraph, the earliest ancestor of the holiday was an ancient roman festival called Lupercalia, a fertility ritual when men would spank young women with dog skin whips to make them fertile.

Once pagan rituals became passé, the holiday graduated from celebrating fertility to recognizing romantic love. In the mid-18th century, the passing of love-notes became the norm. As postal services became more affordable, anonymous letters became easier to deliver, each handmade with lace and paper, addressed to secret lovers and doting wives. Unfortunately, when Hallmark began mass producing cards in 1913, it became easier to send a pre-written message than one written from the heart. Sadly, the way it works today, Valentine’s has basically become a festival of consumer excess and packaging waste.

This Valentine’s Day alone, Americans are expected to spend more than $19 billion. Imagine the kind of good that money could do if it wasn’t spent on roses, chocolates and cards. Once the chocolates are eaten and the fancy jewelry is taken out of its case, their packaging goes straight into the garbage. Greeting cards too—most people glance at them once, scream with delight and then throw them in a dark drawer or waste bin.

Worst of all are roses—which, though innocent looking, bear a thorny secret. The 100 million roses grown just for Valentine’s Day produce nearly 9,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions in a single year. On top of being flown in from warmer climes, roses are so delicate that they have to shipped around in temperature controlled trucks, all of which wastes precious energy and contributes to the emissions that speed climate change and slowly destroy natural habitats.

Relationships are made, not marketed

Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day also perpetuates unhealthy gender dynamics and distorts our understanding of love. Weeks of marketing reinforce traditional, heteronormative expectations for how men and women should express their romantic feelings (whether those feelings are present or not). Men are pressured to buy gifts for their partners lest they appear cheap. Women are expected to reward their man for taking them to dinner and buying them shiny baubles. Unfortunately, the focus on material exchange suggests that love can be bought or sold; that the more money you spend on someone, the more you love them. These expectations disempower women and exploit both sides of the relationship.

Sustainable, healthy relationships are built on completely different ideals. A person must be willing to love their partner unconditionally and be prepared to learn from their relationship and shared experiences. You cannot buy love, you have to nurture it. True love doesn’t need to be evidenced by a flashy display of wealth.  Simply put, if someone has to buy you a box of chocolates to prove their love is real—it’s not real.

That said. I would never say no to a box of fair trade, organic chocolates.

About the author

Maja Staka is a Campus Sustainability Volunteer with the Office of Sustainability. She began blogging in high school and has been actively pursuing ways to continue writing ever since. Currently, she is both a graduate student at the University of Alberta and a part time French translator.

Photo credit: William Foval on Flickr.

The Paris Climate Talks: What do they mean for us at UAlberta?

You’ve probably heard about the big climate change meeting that is currently happening in Paris. There have been countless news stories about heightened security or which world leaders are attending, but what does it mean for us who aren’t going to France?

Why talk about climate change?

Discussing climate change on an international stage is important since the effects of climate change aren’t restricted to national borders. Since the 1990s, the United Nations has tried to negotiate agreements to stop or mitigate the impacts of climate change. One of the barriers to an agreement is that the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases like CO2 have not signed onto a legally-binding agreement, namely China and the United States.

What is COP21?

The name of this meeting is kind of odd. COP stands for “Conference of the Parties” and it’s the annual meeting for all countries who signed up for the United Nations’ agreement on climate change action (the UNFCCC). The “21” part refers to this being the 21st meeting of its kind. With that mouthful it’s no wonder it gets shortened to COP21.

Since France is hosting COP21 and all 40,000 participants, they are also acting as facilitator between all the attending parties in an effort to come to an agreement to act on climate change.

With almost two dozen previous conferences dedicated to acting on climate change, there is a lot of history to get through. Luckily, Agence France-Presse compiled that background information into a quick video to help get you up to speed.

What’s the goal of COP21?

This conference is especially important as the expected goal of the meeting is a new international agreement on climate change to keep global warming below 2oC. Climate scientists have suggested that if the planet gets any warmer than that, climate change would become catastrophic. At the Copenhagen-hosted conference in 2009, there was debate as to whether the temperature limit should be 2oC or 1.5oC, but no agreement was adopted back then.

Some of the stumbling blocks for the Copenhagen-conference included whether or not the final agreement would include legal consequences for missing targets—an issue also facing the Paris summit. Another topic is the amount of money developed nations—historically, the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases—would commit to helping developing nations least prepared to face the effects of climate change. The Canadian government recently announced they would double the amount of planned contributions to developing countries.

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Distribution of greenhouse gas emissions by economic sector, Canada, 2013/ Environment Canada

The French government’s goal is to make the agreement appealing to all countries, which means the planet’s economic engines will all have to agree to shift to a low-carbon economy or risk losing potential signatories to a new agreement.

What does it mean for Canada?

Canada is in a difficult spot. With a new federal government jumping into negotiations after the election, Canada is set to take a new, proactive direction. However, as of right now, there is no new national climate plan. The Canadian economy relies heavily on resource-extraction industries which produce a sizable amount of carbon emissions, so a commitment from Canada would have to mean a distinct change in policy and action.

In Alberta, the new provincial government recently unveiled a climate change strategy that includes a carbon tax, a cap on oil sands emissions and a plan to phase out all coal plants in the province by 2030. The new strategy is a big change in a province that hasn’t updated its policy since 2008, so it’s possible that Alberta’s new direction can be used as an example of a high-carbon economy taking action on climate change.

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Greenhouse gas emissions by province and territory, Canada, 1990, 2005 and 2013/ Environment Canada

 

How can I get involved here?

Most of us can’t make it to Paris for the conference, let alone directly participate in the treaty negotiations, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be engaged citizens.

  • Follow the talks on social media
    With the many leaders involved in climate talks becoming more social media savvy, you can follow the public aspect of the negotiations on Twitter or Facebook. The conference has an official Twitter account in English and many other attendees are posting using the hashtag #COP21. Others, like Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May has started posting update videos on Facebook to share what she’s seeing.
  • Follow UAlberta experts at the talks
    There are also two UAlberta professors tweeting about their experiences at COP21: Dr. Debra Davidson and Dr. Makere Stewart-Harawira, who is also blogging.
  • Get involved with local initiatives
    While the Global Climate March is over, there are still many ways to get involved locally. Join a campus club or start volunteering with a local organization that takes action on climate change.
  • Take personal action on climate change
    Anyone can take small, personal actions to make a difference and help reduce your eco-footprint.  Learn about what you can do and make your own commitment with One Simple Act on Campus.

About the author

Kateryna Barnes is the Communications Assistant with the Office of Sustainability.  

6 reasons to eat seasonally in university

Look, we get it. You’re hungry, you don’t feel like cooking and between studying for finals and trying to actually hang out with other humans, you just can’t find the time to eat healthy food, much less cook a healthy meal.  In fact, you probably haven’t touched a vegetable since the beginning of October and by now your middle name just might be Ramen. And what is seasonal eating anyway? Is it a fad diet? A rich soccer mom diet? Something your grandparents did because they had no other choice! No, no and yes!

Before the food industry exploded and we began chartering tomatoes from Mexico to Alberta, people survived on meat, wheat products and whatever vegetables still grew in their gardens, as well as the pickled and canned versions of these foods like pickles and jams. People ate what was accessible based on their surroundings, not always what they wanted.

Seasonal whole foods vs. processed foods

Just because technology has made it possible to eat guacamole in December doesn’t mean it’s good for our bodies. In fact, our bodies may have been revolting against this huge change in our diet for decades in the form of intolerances and allergies. According to the Daily Mail, a study done by Dr. Rob Lilywhite of the University of Warwick has shown that the relative prevalanceof food intolerances in the west could be tied to eating more highly processed foods, rather than to an intolerance of wheat or gluten.

“The evidence seems to suggest the problems stem from the amount of additives used in the processed foods,” he said. “The natural benefits from food starts to disappear.”

While the evidence is still emerging, he suggests that when “you destroy the natural structure, you destroy the natural health benefits in the raw food.”

Six more reasons to eat seasonal

This doesn’t mean that you have to give up chips and guac completely and go crazy on the pickles, but incorporating as many seasonal and fresh foods into your diet as possible now could help you avoid health problems later in life—and help you get the nourishment you need to think properly for that exam tomorrow. Here are 6 reasons to eat seasonally in university.

  1. You will save money  

Believe it or not, eating seasonally isn’t as costly as you might think. Seasonal eating usually equates to local eating, which supports farmland, kindles the local economy and builds community. When food is local, it doesn’t have to be flown in from oversees and is usually picked when ripe. This means the apples you buy at the farmers market or grocery store are easier to harvest and sell than the grapes flown in from California.

It all makes local fruit cheaper by the kilogram. Of course, not all seasonal food will cost less. Go with what’s affordable and more abundant each year. Cheaper food = more money for books and burritos, which is always a good thing.

  1. It’s better for you

Just listen to grandma, ok? Eat your fruits and vegetables! If you’re in Western Canada, eat your apples, pears, cranberries, beets, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, celery root, chard, collards, fennel, garlic, leeks, parsnips, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes and wild mushrooms. These are some of the foods that are at their height of freshness in November.

According to the Chicago Tribute, a study from the University of California shows that “vegetables can lost 15 to 55 per cent of vitamin C, for instance, within a week after harvest.” Therefore, the longer the transport time from farm to table, the more nutritional value a food item loses. Worried about catching a cold? Grab some local bell peppers or Brussels sprouts!

  1. Seasonal food tastes better

Think about juicy, firetruck red tomatoes in July. Now think about tomatoes in December. Could you ever really compare the two? Foods that aren’t in season arrive at the grocery store either still green or half-ripe, and they never quite ripen right at home—leaving you with boring flavors and textures. Food that’s picked when ripe and ready to eat, or immediately pickled or canned is brighter in flavor. You might want to eat peaches badly, but October plums are just as delicious and will almost always be juicier.

  1. Finding and eating seasonal foods is easy

First of all, there’s a farmers market held in the Student’s Union Building every two weeks, which makes sustainable, seasonal shopping a breeze whether you have a break between classes or just want to buy some produce in your pyjamas. The farmers market is also a great way to support local farmers and business people while hanging out with your friends.

To spot seasonal foods at the grocery store, simply look to the very front of the produce section where these foods are clearly marked. Foods that aren’t in season are usually hidden or off to the side.

Recipe planning also becomes a breeze because you’re not faced with so much variety when eating seasonally, which for some of us is a really great thing. Those beets on sale? Those would make a great salad with some goat cheese and almonds!

  1. Seasonal is more interesting

They say variety is the spice of life and this is true for food as well. Once you start eating seasonally, you get introduced to a myriad of fruits, vegetables and protein sources you wouldn’t otherwise have eaten. Did you even know kale had more than one variety? Or that there are eight types of squash typically sold in Canadian supermarkets? Expand your gastronomical horizons and go for that glazed carrot recipe with toasted cumin seeds, or roast some pears with maple syrup and top with vanilla ice cream. Who knows, by trying new and local foods, you might even stumble upon a new favorite!

Finally, and most importantly…

6. Seasonal eating is sustainable

When you buy local produce or Canadian made food products, especially on university grounds, you are helping the environment and creating new dialogues about sustainable eating. When food is mass produced and transported to us, mass amounts of greenhouse gasses are produced which enter the atmosphere and create air and water pollution. When food doesn’t have to take so long of a trip from farm to plate, less energy is needed and more energy is conserved in the food. Learning how to eat sustainably (and seasonably) in university will contribute to your sustainable future and make you a better earthling in the long run.

About the author

Maja Staka is a Campus Sustainability Volunteer with the Office of Sustainability. She began blogging in high school and has been actively pursuing ways to continue writing ever since. Currently, she is both a graduate student at the University of Alberta and a part time French translator. She loves cats, warm carbohydrates and listening to rap on her way to the farmers market.

Photo by Larry on Flickr 

8 ways you can save energy and money

Saving energy can do a lot for you. Not only does it help reduce carbon emissions — which can help you breathe easier — but it can also save you some money.

The far-reaching global effects of energy consumption are greatly publicized but how can watching our energy usage change our day-to-day lives? We don’t always connect our individual actions to global problems, but consider the electricity that you use throughout the day; the natural gas that heats your shower in the morning, the energy that runs your computer at work, and the lights you turn on around your house at night— it all adds up.

If climate change doesn’t motivate you to make a change, then consider the impact on air quality or the cost. Greenhouse gas emissions contribute to poor air quality which affects your health. Prices for oil and fossil fuel energy sources continue to get more expensive. Perhaps consider reducing your energy use in order to save money on your electricity bill.  

Here are eight tips that can help you reduce your daily energy consumption:

1.Use your thermostat efficiently
A programmable thermostat lets you manage the temperature when you aren’t home. By choosing options that reduce the difference in temperature between the exterior and interior of your house, you can reduce energy loss and costs. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, manually adjust the thermostat when coming and going.

2. Get to know your ceiling fans
If you have ceiling fans in your house, use them wisely. Ceiling fans should be set to spin counter-clockwise in the summer, which pulls hot air up to the ceiling and away from the living space. In the winter, reverse the setting so the fans blow the hot air down.

3. Try Energy Star appliances
Energy Star identifies energy-efficient appliances, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, computers and more. When you are shopping for new appliances, look for the Energy Star  label and consider options that optimize your energy use to save dollars.

4. Power down your electronics
Stereos, computers, televisions, kitchen appliances, and any other plugged-in appliances draw a small amount of power even when turned off. “Standby Power”, the electricity used by electronic devices and appliances when they are in standby mode but not unplugged, accounts for 5 to 10% of all energy consumption in the average Canadian household1. Use a surge-protected powerstrip to turn them completely off when not in use, or unplug these items until you really need them.

6. Fix water leaks
Consider how much energy is used to treat and transport your water. When you conserve water, you conserve water and energy. Be sure to repair or replace faucets that drip, fix toilets that leak and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or scrubbing dishes.

7. Up your furnace’s efficiency
Change the filter on your furnace on a frequent basis. Many furnace manufacturers recommend doing it quarterly or even monthly to keep the unit operating at peak efficiency. Similarly, empty the lint filter on your dryer after every use. Even a small amount of lint build-up hampers the flow of air from your dryer, reducing energy efficiency.

8. Save heat, save energy
Don’t waste energy. Close the doors on your refrigerator and house as quickly as possible. Keep fireplace dampers shut when not in use. Close the curtains to cover your windows at night. All of these little efforts help to conserve energy by preventing heat loss.


Learn more about UAlberta’s Envision energy management program and other initiatives from Energy Management and Sustainable Operations.

Tackle your winter blahs with some susty spring madness

So, reading week is coming up. Who’s ready to curl up in the library and get some serious studying done!

Anyone? Anyone? Well, it’s called Reading Week, of course it’s for reading! But this truly is an ironic time of year. It might be called ‘reading week’ but you’re probably more than ready to take a break from the books right now. Others call it ‘spring break’ but even the most optimistic groundhog can’t make winter end this early.

Regardless, tens of thousands of us will have the week to ourselves, so let’s talk about what you can do to spend this time sustainably.

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