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40 Important Ways that Colleges Are Conserving Water

Green Lifestyles - 40 Important Ways that Colleges Are Conserving Water. Green campus lawns, clean cafeteria plates, and even air conditioned dorms don't happen without using lots of water. As major institutions, colleges are serious users of water, and although some don't yet recognize the need to conserve water, many of them do. In fact, college campuses are home to some of the most innovative ideas for water conservation, implementing water management technology, smart conservation policies, and more. Read on to find out about 40 great ways colleges are putting great minds to work on water conservation.First in a series of 4

Water is a precious resource, and although it flows freely from the tap, it’s not infinite. Green campus lawns, clean cafeteria plates, and even air conditioned dorms don’t happen without using lots of water. As major institutions, colleges are serious users of water, and although some don’t yet recognize the need to conserve water, many of them do. In fact, college campuses are home to some of the most innovative ideas for water conservation, implementing water management technology, smart conservation policies, and more. Read on to find out about 40 great ways colleges are putting great minds to work on water conservation.

1. Cal State-LA technology

Using a wireless water management service, Cal State-LA was able to lower their water bills and reduce water usage by about 27 million gallons in 18 months. The system also saves valuable staff time and adjusts to weather changes, turning off water before it rains. Read More »

U.S. Mayors Welcome EPA Release of Much Anticipated Guidance to Support Clean Water Goals in Cities

Green Infrastructure - U.S. Mayors Welcome EPA Release of Much Anticipated Guidance to Support Clean Water Goals in CitiesWashington, DC — The nation’s mayors, thanked EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciaseppe for unveiling the Agency’s new Integrated Planning policy to mayors attending the 2011 U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Water Summit in Washington, DC. The new policy directly addresses many concerns raised by mayors involving EPA enforcement actions on wet weather overflows involving their wastewater utilities and their Combined Sewer Overflows and Sanitary Sewer Overflows (CSO/SSO).

“The EPA has been a strong partner for cities regarding stormwater management, and this policy, created through collaboration with USCM, will guide cities as we strive to create sustainable, healthy and efficient systems,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “Through this partnership, Federal, state and municipal governments will more effectively manage the immediate and long-term effects of stormwater on our communities throughout the nation.” Read More »

September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day

Green Lifestyles - September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day. Humanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this yearHumanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this year

Oakland, CA — – Humanity is surpassing nature’s budget for the year, and is moving into the ecological equivalent of overdraft, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international research organization with offices in California and Geneva.

Similarly to the way a bank statement tracks income against expenditures, Global Footprint Network tracks human demand on nature (for example, for providing food, producing raw materials and absorbing CO2) against nature’s capacity to regenerate those resources and absorb the waste. Its calculations show that, in approximately nine months, we have surpassed a level of demand on resources that the planet would be able to sustainably support this year. Read More »

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