Saving Water Saving Energy Blog

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jun 3 2010 - 3:48pm

IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication of IEEE – the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity – released a special report this week looking at…you guessed it: the water-energy nexus. Before you sigh at the news of yet another general report on the connections between water and energy, I recommend taking a look at the graphics and interesting factoids that IEEE has compiled.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Jun 1 2010 - 4:56pm

The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is pleased to announce the official launch of the 2011 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies (CSU). This program offers rural communities the opportunity to protect their natural resources and be part of the climate adaptation solutions urgently needed across the country. The Model Forest Policy Program anticipates offering scholarships to up to ten (10) communities to participate in the 2011 Climate Solutions University program, subject to available funding. This educational opportunity is being conducted in partnership with the Cumberland River Compact. The 11 month program is scheduled to begin February, 2011.

Travis Leipzig
May 18 2010 - 3:25pm

Facilities which housed 2,800 athletes and officials during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are being converted into an innovative district heating system – the first of its kind in North America. The newly developed high-rise waterfront residencies will utilize an onsite boiler to generate heat energy from sewage before sending it on to a treatment plant.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
May 17 2010 - 6:21pm

The International Herald Tribune, which is the global edition of the New York Times, has just published a mini-series of articles on the NY Times website that explore the water-energy nexus. Two of the articles – one on saving energy through water conservation and the other on how water is becoming a constraining factor for power production – feature statistics and quotes from River Network.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
May 14 2010 - 4:13pm

A couple months ago, the White House Interagency Climate Adaptation Task Force released an interim progress report outlining a strategy to begin planning climate adaptation efforts across government agencies. The report was vague but it nonetheless provided fodder for public comments; my comments are reproduced below.

Travis Leipzig
May 12 2010 - 4:02pm

Toilets are the leading source of indoor water consumption, using an astonishing 27% of household water. Older toilets consume between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush, and leaky toilets can waste between 150 and 200 gallons of water per day. With toilets flushing and leaking away approximately 20% of the worlds drinking water, don’t you think it’s about time for a change?

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
May 11 2010 - 2:07pm

Today you have the opportunity to help secure – for the first time ever – water efficiency rebates in a major piece of federal legislation! The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 is a proposed bill designed to create jobs, promote energy security, save Americans money on utility bills and fight climate change by providing rebates for energy efficient retrofits. Since saving water does all of the above and so much more, a coalition of stakeholders has come together to urge the Senate to include water efficiency rebates in the bill. With limited time to influence the legislation, the Alliance for Water Efficiency is asking you to contact your Senator immediately and urge them to protect our rivers by supporting water efficiency!

Travis Leipzig
May 5 2010 - 4:20pm

The American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation and the WateReuse Association have collectively produced a white paper report all about graywater. The report explores the history and motivation for reusing greywater, future trends in graywater systems and reuse, and key legislative models, regulations, standards and guidelines from states that have safely and effectively implemented graywater reuse.

Travis Leipzig
May 5 2010 - 2:58pm

City of Santa Barbra Conservation Specialist Cathie Pare released a video series on home water conservation and residential tips. This video series is very 'user friendly' and is a great medium to communicate to the public how to help maintain a more earth friendly, green, water and energy conserving home.

Travis Leipzig
May 5 2010 - 12:33pm

Anybody in the New York area interested in a free lunch and some mouthwatering discussions on energy and water infrastructure and management, listen up. On May 11 and 21 there will be free conferences focusing on ‘Energy Management & Funding Sources for Water Infrastructure Facilities in New York.’

Travis Leipzig
May 4 2010 - 2:15pm

Sydney, Australia’s North Head Sewage Treatment Plant has officially turned on Australia’s first hydroelectric plant that generates energy from treated sewage. The opening of this plant – which captures energy from falling water within the wastewater treatment facility – is just one of many steps to make Sydney Water’s energy and electricity operations “carbon neutral” by the year 2020.

Travis Leipzig
May 3 2010 - 2:37pm

There is an interesting seminar happening this week on 'Water Use in Ethanol Plants.' Presenting will be Kishore Rajagopalan of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
May 3 2010 - 11:51am

Dr. Allan R. Hoffman, Senior Analyst at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the U.S. Department of Energy, has written a short article about the water-energy nexus for the Clean Water America Alliance.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 30 2010 - 9:55am

This week, the US EPA released a superb report compiling 24 indicators of climate change. This document provides a great summary of the solid scientific evidence pointing to human-caused global warming, and should be reviewed by anyone working on climate change issues.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Apr 29 2010 - 3:29pm

A new report just released by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project provides the first-ever estimate of water-related energy use in the province of Ontario. The report’s insights are relevant to anybody interested in the water-energy nexus as it provides a valuable place-based analysis and contribution to the relatively small, but growing, body of literature on water-related energy use. Among the reports key findings: pumping and treating water and wastewater in Ontario consumes enough energy to light every single home in the province. When water heating and steam generation are included, the energy used in Ontario for water-related services could heat every home in Canada.

Travis Leipzig
Apr 27 2010 - 4:46pm

On Monday, May 24, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will present the third of its speaker series on “Beyond the Water-Energy Nexus,” focusing on programs and policies that address the interconnection between water, energy and climate change.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Apr 26 2010 - 6:15pm

In 2009, the Obama Administration initiated the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force to develop, within one year, Federal recommendations for adapting to climate change impacts. Last month the Task Force released an interim progress report and is currently accepting public comments through the middle of May.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel and Travis Leipzig
Apr 23 2010 - 5:18pm

The US EPA recently announced that new WaterSense certified showerheads are now available through retailers across the country. More efficient showerheads are one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to save water and energy within the household.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Apr 20 2010 - 3:46pm

River Network’s National River Rally 2010 is taking place in Snowbird, Utah and you don’t want to miss out on this unparalleled opportunity for concentrated and focused learning, extensive networking, and the inspiration and celebration you need to recharge. This year we’re offering over 80 workshops on a variety of critical topics, including our Warming Watersheds track focusing on climate justice, freshwater resiliency through water efficiency and low impact development, and the water-energy connection.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Apr 13 2010 - 12:41pm

Communities across the country are discovering how Low Impact Development (LID), or Green Infrastructure – which includes a variety of practices such as rain gardens, tree planting, bioswales, green roofs and rainwater harvesting – can cost-effectively keep polluted stormwater out of rivers while reducing the energy costs of water pumping and treatment. Now, my hometown of Portland, OR is discovering another economic benefit of LID: tourism.