Men’s Basketball Caps Road Swing At George Mason Monday


Saint Joseph’s (8-9, 2-4 A-10) at George Mason (8-7, 1-1 A-10)

Monday, January 24 | 7:00 p.m. | EagleBank Arena

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GAMEDAY LINKS

Saint Joseph’s: Roster | Schedule | Stats

George Mason: Roster | Schedule | Stats

THE TIP-OFF

• Saint Joseph’s caps its two-game road swing on Monday as the Hawks travel to George Mason.

• The Hawks and Patriots were originally scheduled to play on January 8, but that contest was postponed due to health and safety protocols affecting the George Mason.

• Monday is the first of two meetings this season between St. Joe’s and George Mason, with the two teams meeting again on February 16 at Hagan Arena.

• Monday marks the fourth of five games in 10 days for Saint Joseph’s.

• St. Joe’s is looking to bounce back from a 70-54 loss at VCU on Saturday.

Taylor Funk was a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line and finished with 22 points and added six rebounds against the Rams.

• Saturday marked the fifth time this season, and second-straight contest, Funk finished with 20 or more points.

Jordan Hall added 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists versus VCU.

Ejike Obinna was the third Hawk in double figures on Saturday as he scored 10 points to go with seven boards.

• Obinna has scored 217 points this season with the Hawks, just four points shy of his three-year total of 221 points at Vanderbilt.

THE MATCHUP

Series vs. George Mason: George Mason leads 8-5

First Meeting: 3/12/02, Saint Joseph’s, 73-64

Last Meeting: 1/23/21, George Mason, 71-62

Coach Lange All-Time vs. George Mason: 0-4

SAINT JOSEPH’S VERSUS GEORGE MASON

• George Mason holds an 8-5 edge in the all-time series, and has won five straight entering Monday.

• The Hawks are looking to snap a five-game skid to the Patriots.

• St. Joe’s and George Mason went to double overtime in last year’s contest at EagleBank Arena, with the Patriots holding on for an 87-85 win.

Taylor Funk averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game in last year’s two meetings with the Patriots.

NEXT UP

The Hawks return home to host Duquesne on Wednesday, January 26 at 7 p.m.

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Home Stand Continues Monday When Portland State Hosts Idaho


IDAHO VANDALS (4-14, 1-7) at PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (4-11, 2-5)

Monday, January 24, 2022, 7 p.m. • Viking Pavilion (3,094), Portland, OR
Live Stream: ESPN+ • Play-by-Play: Matt Richert • Analyst: Devon Pouncey
Live Stats: www.ViksLive.com
Complete notes and stats in pdf


THE OPENING TIP

It’s no rest for the weary as Portland State continues its four-game home stand on Monday night. The Vikings host Idaho in their third game in five days at Viking Pavilion. Tip-off is 7 p.m. in a game live streamed on ESPN+.
     
Portland State (4-11, 2-5) is still looking for its first win in the home stand after a 73-60 loss to Montana State on Saturday night. It was the Bobcats fifth win in a row and the Vikings third straight loss. PSU also lost a thriller to Montana, 66-64, on Thursday at Viking Pavilion.
     
The game with Idaho is the fifth in a 10-game-in-22 days run for the Vikings. The flurry of contests was set up due to three makeup games from previous postponements. Making it more challenging is getting the Vikings completely healthy. SO F Jacob Eyman (knee) and JR G Ian Burke (illness) did not play against Montana State (it was Burke’s second missed game), and their status for the coming week is uncertain.
     
PSU took a step back offensively in the game with MSU, shooting only .353 from the field. It came after three solid shooting performances over the previous week, including a .491 effort against Montana.
     
History is on the Vikings side as they go into the game with Idaho. PSU has won three straight and six of their last eight in the series against the Vandals. Also, Idaho gives up a league-worst 81.3 points per game. That could aid PSU in an offensive bounce back performance.
     
Idaho (4-11, 1-7) comes off a thrilling 73-72 overtime win against Sacramento State at home on Saturday. That victory stopped a six-game losing streak. However, the Vandals are 0-7 on the road, 0-4 in Big Sky road games.

 

COMING UP

PSU hosts Southern Utah on Thursday. It will be the sixth game in a 10-game-in-22-day stretch. It will also be the final game of a four-game home stand. The Vikings then travel to a Northern Arizona for a 1 p.m. PT game on Saturday.
 

GAME NOTES: PORTLAND STATE vs. IDAHO

  • THE SERIES: Portland State leads the all-time series, 17-16, and the Big Sky Conference series, 7-6… PSU leads the Big Sky series 4-2 in Portland… the Vikings swept the season series last year and have won six of the last eight overall.
  • LAST SEASON: Feb. 18, 2021 at Viking Pavilion, PSU 84, Idaho 64: PSU continued its trend of stout defense with a much-improved offense. For the third straight game, the Vikings shot at 50% (28-56), while forcing the Vandals into 26 turnovers – a season-high for an opponent… James Scott led a balanced effort for the Vikings with 14 points and a season-high seven assists. Backcourt mate Paris Dawson added 12 points, hitting 4-6 shots, 3-5 behind the arc, and his only free throw. Elijah Hardy came off the bench for 11 points and three steals as the Vikings made a season-high 16 in all… Idaho hit 11-16 from the field (.688), including 5-6 three-pointers but turned it over too often… ahead 61-47 with 11:13 to play, Portland State went on a 16-2 run for the largest lead of the night at 77-49. The Vikings cruised home from there… in all, PSU scored 34 points off Idaho’s 26 turnovers… the Vandals were led by 16 points from Damen Thacker. Feb. 20, 2021 at Memorial Gym, PSU 71, Idaho 40: An explosive second-half performance by Portland State led the Vikings to a fourth straight win. The Vikings turned a ho-hum four-point, first-half advantage into an exciting runaway second half, out-scoring the Vandals 43-16 after intermission. The 40 points allowed were the fewest by a Division I opponent since Portland State joined the Big Sky Conference in 1996-97… James Scott led the Vikings in scoring for the second game in a row with 16 points, five assists and four steals. Jacob Eyman added 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots inside… Portland State’s offense continued to produce as it has in recent weeks. The Vikings shot 28-61 from the field (.459), making 11-25 (.440) from three-point range. PSU out-rebounded the Vandals, 39-28, and forced another 20 turnovers for 28 points… Idaho made only 12-38 field goals in the contest (.316). Damen Thacker led the Vandals with 13 points.
  • COACHES: Vikings Coach Jase Coburn (Arizona State, 2006) is in his first season as Head Coach. He has spent eight previous seasons on the Park Blocks as an Assistant and Associate Head Coach… the Vandals are led by Head Coach Zac Claus (Eastern Washington, 1998) in his second season. He is 13-59 overall, 1-3 against the Vikings. Claus was a PSU assistant coach from 2000-02.

 

IDAHO VANDALS

  • The University of Idaho is located in Moscow. Idaho was an original member of the Big Sky Conference, then left after the 1995-96 season. The program rejoined the Big Sky in 2014-15. Idaho has won four Big Sky regular season titles and four Big Sky Tournament titles in its history.
  • The Vandals were 1-21 last season, 1-17 and 11th in the Big Sky Conference.
  • This season the Vandals are 4-14 overall, 1-7 in the Big Sky Conference. Idaho averages 73.9 points per game and gives up a league-high 81.3 points. Three-point shooting is a strength as the Vandals shoot a league-best .375 from distance and make 8.8 per game. Idaho has a negative rebounding margin (-2.9) and turnover margin (-2.8).
  • Senior guard Mikey Dixon ranks fourth in the Big Sky at 17.8 points per game. Junior guard Trevante Anderson averages 12.2 points and is sixth in the Big Sky with 3.9 assists per game. Junior forward Philip Pepple, Jr. is third in the Big Sky with 24 blocked shots.

 

WHO IS HOT

  • SR G Ezekiel Alley has scored in double figures in four of his last five games (he played only seven minutes and was scoreless against Montana due to a non-COVID-related illness). In the four games he was fully available, Alley averaged 12.8 points, hitting 20-39 from the field (.513) and 5-5 at the line. He also averaged 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in those games.
  • JR G Michael Carter III handed out a season-high six assists against Montana State.
  • FR G Paris Dawson leads the Big Sky Conference in free throw percentage at .906 (29-32)… JR G Damion Squire is 9-9 at the line in four games.
  • SR F James Jean-Marie hit 8-10 shots from the field, scoring 16 points in 22 minutes off the bench against Montana. He is 16-27 from the field in the last three games (.593) and shoots .512 for the season.
  • The attendance of 1,496 against Montana State was the largest of the season at Viking Pavilion.

 
 
 





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Slick road conditions impacting travel Monday; refreeze expected overnight – WSOC TV


QUICK HITS:

>> Watch Channel 9 at noon for team coverage as we track road and weather conditions across our area.

A dangerous winter storm combining high winds and ice swept through the Carolinas on Sunday, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a treacherous, frigid glaze.

Winter Storm Warning- until 6 p.m. Monday:

High Wind Warning- until 10 p.m. Monday:

>> Click here to see photos Channel 9 viewers have shared of the winter weather.

(WATCH BELOW: Monday morning’s forecast update with Meteorologist Keith Monday)

Scroll below for the latest updates on winter weather and road conditions:

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Emergency shelters that were activated across Mecklenburg County in response to the severe weather impacting the Carolinas are being demobilized Monday.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office, in partnership with the American Red Cross and the town of Matthews, opened four shelter locations in Charlotte, Huntersville and Matthews on Sunday, according to a release from the office.

The Hopewell High School and Crews Recreation Center locations were demobilized at 7 a.m., and the Mallard Creek High School and Central Piedmont locations will demobilized at noon.

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MONDAY OUTLOOK

  • Temperatures will not rise above freezing until Monday afternoon.
  • With low temperatures, the rain freezes on contact with the ground, creating icy conditions. Black ice is a big threat.
  • Full sunshine returns Monday, so we will warm up to near 40 degrees by the afternoon.
  • Any ice that doesn’t melt will refreeze Monday night into Tuesday morning, as temps fall to below freezing overnight.
  • Be prepared for several days of impact!
  • Expect more sun Tuesday, and more melting with highs in the mid 40s.
  • Rain chance to move in late Wednesday, but it looks like just the mountains could see some snow.
  • We will watch another system on Friday that could bring another wintry mix areawide though.

Winter storm brought snow, sleet, ice to the Carolinas Sunday

A winter storm combining high winds and ice swept through parts of the U.S. Southeast on Sunday, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a treacherous, frigid glaze.

More than 1,800 NCDOT employees in 1,200 trucks applied nearly 10,000 tons of salt while plowing essential routes by 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tens of thousands of customers were without power in North Carolina and South Carolina Sunday evening, including 10,000 Duke Energy customers in the Charlotte area.

Highway patrols reported hundreds of vehicle crashes across the Carolinas, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said it responded to 53 wrecks Sunday.

The winter storm also impacted airlines, with more than 1,200 Sunday flights at Charlotte Douglas International canceled – more than 90% of the airport’s Sunday schedule, according to the flight tracking service flightaware.com.

Flight cancellations continued into Monday, with American Airlines, which operates 90% of CLT flights, canceling more than 100 flights for Monday.

Ahead of the storm, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued state of emergencies as workers in both states spent days getting state roads ready for the storm — particularly preparing for ice.

>> For our minute-by-minute coverage of the winter storm Sunday, click here.

(WATCH BELOW: Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers lose power across Carolinas due to winter storm)





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Expect a treacherous travel Monday morning


CLEVELAND — An overnight winter storm dumped heavy snow across most of Northeast Ohio Monday. Most of Northeast Ohio, especially the eastern half, received between 6 to 9 inches of snow. The wet heavy snow that was falling last night has transitioned to a light, fluffy snow Monday morning. Wind gusts as high as 25 to 34 mph could create additional hazards in the form of blowing snow and drifting.

Watch the latest weather coverage from Good Morning Cleveland in the media player below:

Live winter weather updates on Monday

Expect additional snowfall through Monday evening through Tuesday morning with lake effect snow showers.

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Here are the latest snow totals from the National Weather Service.

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Road conditions

If you don’t have to travel outside Monday, don’t. Our photojournalists witnessed multiple cars stranded in Downtown Cleveland.

The RTA said all rail line services have been suspended until further notice due to severe weather conditions.
An RTA bus was stuck near Euclid Avenue and East 9th Street.

RTA bus stuck on east 9th and Euclid

News 5 Traffic Map is littered with crashes due to heavy snow closing ramps and causing cars to get stuck.

Emergency parking bans

Cities across Northeast Ohio have issued snow emergency parking bans Sunday for heavy snowfall Monday. Click here to see the full list.

Warnings and Advisories

Many winter weather alerts have been issued across NE Ohio.

Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Ashtabula county from 7pm Sunday – 1 am Tuesday. 10-12+” of snow could fall with winter storm Sunday night and additional lake effect snow Monday.
Winter Storm Warning in effect for Lake and Geauga counties from 7 pm Sunday – 1 am Tuesday. 6-10” of snow could fall in that area.
Winter Storm Warning in effect for Portage and Stark counties from 7 pm Sunday – 10 am Monday. 6-10” of snow is also possible is this area.
Winter Storm Warning for Trumbull & Mahoning counties from Sunday 7pm until Monday 1 pm where 8-12″ of snow could come down during that time.
Winter Storm Warning for Tuscarawas, Carrol, Coshocton counties from 1pm Sunday until 1pm Monday. 6-10″ of snow is possible in these counties which will create difficult, hazardous travel.

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PREVIEW: Cougars Travel to Austin Peay Monday


SIUE Cougars (6-8, 2-1 OVC)
vs. Austin Peay Governors (10-5, 3-2 OVC)
Mon., Jan. 17, 6 p.m. CT
Clarksville, Tenn. (Winfield Dunn Center)

Video: ESPN+

Radio: None

Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com

Live Stats: SIUEStats.com

All-Time Series: SIUE leads 14-9

First Meeting: Dec. 13, 2008

Result: L, 74-52 at Clarksville, Tenn.

Last Meeting: Feb. 27, 2021

Result: L, 66-40 at Clarksville, Tenn.

Current Series Streak: APSU W5

OPENING TIP

• After joining Gabby Nikitinaite pregame as 1,000 point career scorers, Allie Troeckler tied her career high with 20 points against Southeast Missouri.

• Freshman Sofie Lowis more than tripled her previous best in scoring with a game-high 21 points against Southeast Missouri. She connected on a career-best five three-pointers.

• With Lowis and Troeckler scoring 20+ points, it was the first time that has happened since 2017 when Doshel Beck (23) and Lauren White (20) did it against Saint Louis.

Mikia Keith boasted a game-high and season-high five assists against Southeast Missouri.

Kelsie Williams shined Saturday in SIUE’s win over Southeast Missouri. She recorded a season-high eight rebounds and added career highs of two steals and three blocks.

Mikala Hall recorded a career-best four assists vs. Southeast Missouri.

Prima Chellis was named the OVC Co-Player of the Week (12/28) after her 17-point, eight-rebound performance off the bench against Arkansas State in the final nonconference game of the season.

• Nikitinaite was named the OVC Player and Newcomer of the Week (12/14) after a 27-point performance against Illinois State. That matched her career high in scoring. Nikitinaite has been named the Newcomer of the Week twice. SIUE’s Jaida Hampton was named OVC Newcomer of the Week (11/30).

• After missing three games, the Cougars are now second in the OVC in free throws made (209) and attempted (296) and still are 38th and 41st, respectively on the national list.

 



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Winter alerts in effect; Snow to cause travel impacts starting Sunday night into Monday


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hard to believe a winter storm system is on its way to Northeast Ohio with the clear skies we saw on Saturday and will see through the day on Sunday.

Here is the timeline through the rest of the weekend:

Sunday starts off and stays dry.

Wake up temperatures will sink into the single digits for many early Sunday morning.

The system snow arrives late Sunday night from the south, mainly after 8 PM.

Areas south of Cleveland will see the biggest impacts overnight into early Monday morning.

The higher snow totals will be east and along the I-71 corridor, with the heaviest snow expected east of the I-77 corridor.

Regardless, snow will still be falling in these areas come Monday morning, so expect snow-covered roads and slick travel during the Monday morning commute.

The second part of the ALERT will be lake effect snow picking up and continuing through the afternoon Monday.

This is where we could pick up and additional 4-8″ in the snowbelt where snow squalls persist.

This could lead to travel impacts during the evening commute as well.

A few lake effect snow bands will linger through the first half of the day Tuesday.

This is a complicated and evolving system. Stay with the 19 First Alert Team for the latest updates.

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University Monitoring Winter Weather and Travel Conditions for Monday, Jan. 10, and Tuesday, Jan. 11


Campus & Community

Syracuse University is monitoring weather conditions pertaining to a Winter Weather Advisory, currently in place until 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, and a Wind Chill Advisory, which goes into effect tonight and is expected to remain in place through the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 11. This effort includes reviewing the most up-to-date National Weather Service data and forecasting, and consulting with an independent meteorologist about what to expect.

Based on the current forecast, the University expects to remain open and operational while these weather advisories remain in effect.

The latest information from the National Weather Service indicates there will be potentially significant lake effect snow depending on location, heavy snow squalls and wind chills that could get as low as 30 degrees below zero with wind gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. Combined, these conditions could cause bitter cold temperatures and significant blowing and drifting snow. As such, Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety is reminding students, faculty and staff about steps they can take to stay safe during this inclement weather, including:

  • Dress to stay warm and dry, including wearing a hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth; sleeves that are snug at the wrist; mittens (they are warmer than gloves); water-resistant coat and shoes; and several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • Avoid ice. Take the time to carefully walk around icy ground. Choose footwear that will enable you to “get a grip.”
  • Be cautious about travel. Before driving, check for weather advisories. Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads if at all possible. If you must travel, try to travel with a friend, and take a cell phone with you.

Although Syracuse University rarely closes for inclement weather, individuals must make personal decisions based on a risk assessment related to travel. Employees are encouraged to take precautions and use good judgment when traveling to/from work. Faculty and staff concerned about their safety should contact their department chair or supervisor, respectively.

Any change in the University’s operating status will be announced via the University’s emergency broadcast notification system and will carry the notice SU WEATHER ALERT. Please be sure your Orange Alert settings are always up to date in MySlice.

SU WEATHER ALERT information will be announced via the following communications channels:

Only Syracuse University’s Internal Communications and Media Relations teams are authorized to transmit to the news media and the campus community announcements about closings, work-schedule changes or class-start delays.

To learn more about winter weather preparedness, please visit the Department of Public Safety’s website.



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Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Monday, January 10)


Michael Gove stuck in lift at BBC building

Michael Gove missed a BBC interview slot on Monday morning after getting stuck in a lift at New Broadcasting House.

The cabinet minister had been due to appear on the broadcaster’s Today programme at 8.10am but was noticeably absent in the airwaves.

Explaining the situation, Today programme presenter Nick Robinson said: “Mr Gove is stuck in the Broadcasting House lift. I wish I could say this is a joke it is not a joke. It is not very funny for Mr Gove and a security men who have been stuck there for some time.”

(Image: John Myers)





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Men’s Basketball Travel to No. 8 West Liberty on Monday


BOWIE, Md. – The Bowie State men’s basketball team will begin the New Year with a road game at nationally-ranked and No. 8 West Liberty on Monday, Jan. 3. Tip-off at the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex is set for 4 p.m.

 

GAME 12 – Bowie State (3-8) vs. #8 West Liberty (10-1)

Date: January 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: ASRC – West Liberty, WV

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About the Bulldogs

Bowie State (3-8) has won their last two outings, including a 97-93 overtime thriller against Bloomfield on Dec. 30. Graduate senior Tyler Jones (Pleasantville, NJ) topped four Bowie State double-digit scorers with 19 points. The Bulldogs turned in one of their best shooting halves of the season during the opening half against the Bears, shooting 69-percent from the field on 20-of-29 shots and an impressive 7-of-13 (54-percent) from the 3-point line. For the game, BSU shot 53-percent from the field, 41-percent from the 3-point line and 81-percent from the charity stripe while outscoring the Bears 42-38 in the paint.

Junior Quinton Drayton (Bowie, MD) is the team’s leading scorer with 13.0 points per game while Jones has a team-high 4.1 rebounds to go along with 11.6 points, respectively.


Scouting No. 8 West Liberty

The Mountain East Conference (MEC) member Hilltoppers welcome the Bulldogs to ASRC, having won their last six games capped off by an against Wilmington (DE) on Dec. 20. WLU’s leading scorer is Pat Robinson who averages 20.4 points per game while Bryce Butler adds 17.5 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per outing.

Recently, the Hilltoppers moved up to No. 8 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll. Monday’s game will also mark the non-conference slate for the WLU.

The Series

The Bulldogs and Hilltoppers will meet for the second time in program history but first in regular season competition. Bowie State and WLU met during the 2013 season where BSU fell 114-82 during the NCAA DII Atlantic Region quarterfinal on Mar. 16.

What’s Next

Bowie State will resume conference play with a road swing down south on Thursday, Jan. 6 at Saint Augustine’s in Raleigh, N.C. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

For the most up-to-date information on Bowie State University Athletics and its 13 varsity sports teams, please visit www.bsubulldogs.com.





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Tee Cee’s Tip for Monday, Jan. 3, 2022


Jan. 2—Dear Tee Cee,

Inspired by this warm winter we’ve had and our drought, I want to be better about Zero Waste for my New Year’s resolution. I already recycle as much as I can, but I know there are other things I could do. Do you have some other recommendations for resolutions?

Thank you and Happy New Year,

Carlos

Dear Carlos,

What a great resolution! As we work on our individual habits and goals, remember that “Zero Waste” refers to a larger systemic approach to the way we extract natural resources and design, process, manufacture and then recover the products we use in business and in our lives.

The vision of Zero Waste is that everything produced is recyclable, compostable or reusable, and collection programs support recovery of these resources, rather than disposal.

That way, consumers don’t need to become Zero Waste experts; the system is just designed to keep our discards circulating in our economy and out of landfills.

To create these changes, we need some corporate- and community-level resolutions for policies, infrastructure and programs that shift our system from one in which waste is inevitable to one in which it is the exception.

A Zero Waste system won’t be achieved by individual actions alone, but we can take part in driving the larger change. Here are some steps you could take in 2022:

Take an inventory. In order to reduce your waste, it’s helpful to first know what waste you’re producing. At the end of an average week, take a look at your trash and recycling bins. Take note of what items you see, and ask yourself some questions. For example: What item am I seeing the most? What item could I do without? What item has a less wasteful alternative? If a favorite product comes in a nonrecyclable or compostable container, reach out to the producer to let them know you want them to switch to something more responsible. They care what their customers tell them.

Refuse unnecessary waste. Even easier than reducing is refusing. Get in the habit of saying, “No silverware or napkins please!” when ordering food to-go (either on an app, over the phone or in person). Carry a fork and spoon in your car or bag if you are eating on the go. Let the grocery cashier know you won’t be needing a bag as soon as you greet them, so they don’t automatically begin bagging your items. If there’s a “for here” option and you’d like to enjoy your drink or food in the cafe or restaurant, say “for here” as soon as you start to order. Many of these are just verbal habits for you to adopt, which may help the person on the other end of the interaction start to ask folks before automatically giving out single-use items.

Make some swaps. There are a bunch of easy swaps to lower your waste footprint as a consumer. For example, buy fresh produce in a reusable mesh bag rather than in plastic packaging. We at Eco-Cycle made a workbook to help you make consumer swaps away from plastic packaging — find it at ecocycle.org/take-action/reduce-plastic.

Bring your own. Having reusable utensils, travel mugs, water bottles and grocery bags at the ready is one of the easiest ways to reduce single-use plastic. Put these items in places where it will be easy to remember and access them, like your car, backpack or purse. Once you use them, try to put them back in your pack so they’re there the next time you need them.

Compost. Take advantage of the fact that Longmont is one of the few places in the state that provides compost collections at the curb. It’s never been easier to dispose of your food waste, yard waste, low-grade paper products and other organic materials. Simply call the city at 303-651-8416 to get your compost cart delivered to your door so you can start diverting organic discards from the landfill (where they generate methane). The Longmont Waste Diversion Center will also take your compostable materials if you’re a resident. Guidelines for this one are simple: food and yard waste with no plastic.

Support Zero Waste policies and programs. Local officials as well as legislators on the state and national levels are introducing new programs this year, such as composting for all or legislation such as Producer Responsibility, in which producers are responsible for designing their products for recovery and for supporting the necessary recycling and composting infrastructure. These hopeful changes help create a circular, Zero Waste economy that preserves natural resources, reduces pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and makes Zero Waste living much easier and more accessible to all. Let your legislators on all levels know you support this change.

These daily habits really add up, especially over the course of a year, and they send a message for a larger shift in how we view and use our resources. Start with just one tip and build from there and keep an eye on this column for more ways to “green your game” all year long. Here’s to a happy and sustainable 2022!

Tee Cee

Have Zero Waste questions? [email protected] has the answers.



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