Saving Water Saving Energy Blog

Travis Leipzig
Sep 15 2011 - 6:13pm

Watershed groups are already on the front lines of climate change. Floods, water shortages and energy development issues are capturing national headlines. Communities need help coping with these changes and sustaining both water and energy resources. Starting in October, 2011, selected staff members and volunteers of water protection organizations will come together for 8 months of professional support towards becoming more effective leaders on climate issues as a part of River Network's Peer Learning Network on Community Climate Response. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Sep 15 2011 - 5:21pm

Grassroots groups in the Great Lakes area that are working on climate adaptation projects are eligible to apply for funding from Freshwater Future's Climate Grant Program. Funding recipients will be awarded anywhere between $500 and $5000 for their work. Freshwater Future's Climate Grant Program is specifically designed to help Great Lakes grassroots groups develop and implement climate adaptation projects at a local level that will reduce their communities vulnerability to climate impacts. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Sep 2 2011 - 2:21pm

What's not to love about water conservation press? Nothing! A great example of a local river group, getting out their conservation messages in the press is Idaho Rivers United who has launched a successful new ad campaign that has been published in the Idaho Statesman each Tuesday adnd Friday from August 9, that will run through September 16. If you're an Idahoan, keep your eyes peeled for these great ads, and if you're not from Idaho, check out the ads here! Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Aug 18 2011 - 4:43pm

Heads up water conservation program folks! Your job is about to become much easier. The Alliance For Water Efficiency has just released the newest version of their water conservation tracking tool - AWE Tracking Tool 2.0 - with notable improvements over the previous version 1.2. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Aug 11 2011 - 4:16pm

Read this week's reposing of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: why the clean energy economy is being hit even harder than the rest of the economy as a whole; How the US Military's dependence on oil is creating a national security threat; and, why the US is facing new record energy security risks according to the Chamber of Commerce. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Aug 4 2011 - 5:12pm

This year, the US Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program turns 5 and the birthday/anniversary is marked by some momentous water, energy and cost savings achievements as well as a new hilarious ad campaign starring "Rip the Drip." Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Aug 3 2011 - 3:03pm

Next month, on September 25 - 27, 2011 the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy will be hosting their 2011 ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, CO. The deadline for discounted early bird registration is tomorrow, August 4th at 11:59 EST, so if you want to save some bucks, hurry and register for this exciting event! Click the title, image or here to view the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Jul 25 2011 - 5:49pm

Earlier this month, the world's largest carbon emitting nation per capita - Australia - announced possible plans to impose a carbon tax for the country's largest polluters. In conjunction to the announcement of the proposed taxation, Australia's Department of Energy & Climate Change published a white paper titled *Planning Our Electric Future: A White Paper For Secure, Affordable And Low-Carbon Electricity* which presents some strong recommendations for carbon emission management. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Jul 19 2011 - 5:05pm

Just after the House passed the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2012 which slashed a whooping near $6 Billion or 16% from President Obama's requested budget for energy and water in efforts to 'curb national spending to offset the federal deficit,' the Brookings Institute released a new report, *Sizing The Clean Economy: A National And Regional Green Jobs Assessment*. Hopefully this new report can act as a starting point to resolve the fallacious rumors about investing in clean energy technologies, and spur federal incentives to finally move towards a cleaner, greener and bluer economy and environment. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Jul 14 2011 - 4:16pm

Read this week's re-posting of Duke University's Climate Post to learn: how Australia plans to tackle climate change with a carbon-trading system that is planned to begin in 2012; How the world may begin seeing Peak Saudi Oil and what it will mean for consumers; and, which energy industry in San Francisco is adopting the brilliant idea of forming buyers' groups as popularized by the new internet marketing genius 'Groupon.' Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Jul 5 2011 - 6:41pm

River Network's Campaign to Sustain Water and Energy has just put together a two-page PDF fact sheet. Download the fact sheet here! Click the title, image or here

Travis Leipzig
Jul 1 2011 - 5:50pm

I have recently decided that it would be fun to incorporate as a part of the Saving Water, Saving Enery blog a monthly 'Sustainability Watch' of sorts, highlighting businesses, services, utilities etc. across the nation that go the extra mile to protect our environment by making energy and water conservation a top priority. As water and waste water treatment account for approximately 4% of national energy consumption, what better way could there be to kick off the SWSE Sustainability Watch than to take a look into the awesome things happening at the Gresham, Oregon Waste Water Treatment Plant. Click the title, image or here to view the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Jun 29 2011 - 12:01pm

Earlier this month, a large group of water and energy advocates gathered for a 3-hour pre-River Rally session on national incentives for water and energy conservation and cross sector collaboration. One of the highlighted resources shared at this meeting of minds was an interactive dashboard tool - Capacity for Watershed Protection Investment - that was designed by the Environmental Finance Center at UNC. Click the title, image or here to view the entire post

Travis Leipzig
Jun 23 2011 - 3:58pm

Read this week's re-posting of Duke University's 'The Climate Post' to learn: why the supreme court shot down a global warming lawsuit against five of America's biggest utilities and what it means for the EPA; what former Vice President Al Gore has to say about the Obama administration's work on climate change; and, exactly how much money Google has invested in renewable energy projects so far this year. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Jun 21 2011 - 5:12pm

Two Nuclear Power Plants surrounding Omaha, Nebraska are under serious threat of flooding after heavy rainfall and snow-melt runoff over the last few weeks caused the Army Corps of Engineers to open flood gates at six dams, allowing near record water releases, triggering several levees along the Missouri River to fail. On Sunday, President Obama signed a declaration of emergency in Nebraska, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local crisis response efforts. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.

Travis Leipzig
Jun 17 2011 - 4:55pm

Earlier this month the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force released a draft report, National Action Plan: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate and is accepting comment on the draft through July 15. Click the image, title or here to read the full post and to follow links to the report and public comments page.

Travis Leipzig
Jun 16 2011 - 4:37pm

Read this week's repost of Duke University's Climate Post to learn: how a failed bill to end ethanol tax breaks may have "broke the dam" for other for the repeal of other tax breaks; how fuel and food prices are causing the Chinese government to 'adjust banking rules;' and, why some say we are headed into a new Ice Age. Click the title, image or here to read the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Jun 14 2011 - 4:02pm

*Updated: 7/20/2011* Thermoelectric power plants account for approximately 53% of all fresh surface-water withdrawals in the United States - sucking up approximately 136 billion gallons of freshwater each day and killing billions of fish and other river species annually in the process. EPA recently proposed a new ruling on power plant cooling water intake that falls staggeringly short of properly regulating outdated and inefficient technologies. Help protect America's waterways by submitting comments on this proposed ruling, urging the EPA to implement a stronger cooling water ruling that eliminates the use of all inefficient and destructive once-through technology. The deadline for public comment on the ruling is August 18th, 2011. Click the title, image or here to read the full post.

Travis Leipzig
Jun 13 2011 - 6:29pm

The Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) published a new White Paper earlier this month titled Climate Change and the PUget Sound: Building the legal Framework for Adaptation. The report offers a legal framework that is meant to "enable policymakers in the Puget Sound Basin to identify and adopt environmentally protective and socially equitable adaptation strategies." Click here to read the full post and access the white paper.

Travis Leipzig
May 27 2011 - 3:35pm

Read this week's re-posting of Duke University's The Climate Post to learn: how much Japan has pledged to boost renewable energy in the wake of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima; how the EPA's recent dramatic overhaul of fuel efficiency labels for motor vehicles may affect you; and, why the worlds biggest consumer of electricity, China, may experience the worst blackouts since the early 1990's. Click the title, image or here to read the entire post.