Saving Water Saving Energy Blog

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 28 2010 - 1:51pm

During our Warming Watersheds; Water & Energy track at this year’s Winter Training, we invited Beth Stewart from Cahaba River Society and Eleanor DelBene from Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama to come out and talk to us about the success environmental and faith-based groups have had working together. Their inspiring presentations reminded me of an essay I wrote a few years back and have reposted below called What Would Jesus, Buddha, Vishnu or Muhammad Do? How Religious Communities Can Help Save the World from Environmental Disaster.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 28 2010 - 12:33pm

In a new, remarkably readable article published in the special Fiftieth Anniversary edition of the Natural Resources Journal, law professors Robert H. Abrams and Noah D. Hall from Florida A&M University and Wayne State University, respectively, explore the world of water policy in a future affected by climate change.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 27 2010 - 5:55pm

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of addressing a crowd of over 100 people who braved inclement weather and snow to hear me talk about the connections between water and energy. The event was organized by the Johnson Foundation and took place at the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Wingspread Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Continue reading for a video of the talk.

Travis Leipzig
Dec 27 2010 - 3:42pm

We all know that it takes an awful lot of energy to power our water use. In an effort to slingshot conventional water infrastructure past its reliance on cheep and abundant energy supplies toward a low-cost, energy and carbon efficient future, Imagine H2O has put on a global competition--with a $100,000 cash prize--for the development of the best energy-saving water system start-up business plans.

Travis Leipzig
Dec 27 2010 - 12:11pm

Last week, the Department of Energy waived the general rule of Federal preemption for energy conservation standards, securing a water and energy efficiency victory of which the momentum should be felt--but more importantly carried forward--by river and watershed groups across the nation.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 21 2010 - 5:54pm

Hot on the heals of River Network’s Warming Watersheds; Water and Energy track at Winter Training 2010 – where leaders from an array of local and national environmental groups met to strategize around building grassroots momentum for addressing climate change through the water-energy nexus - the Washington Post ran an article about how the major environmental groups are shifting their focus away from Washington D.C. back to the grassroots. What took them so long to get the memo?

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 21 2010 - 1:18pm

Earlier this month, River Network and a couple dozen of our closest friends from other leading local and national environmental groups gathered in Waynesboro, PA to discuss strategies for protecting rivers and communities from climate change through the interconnections between water and energy. Download materials from the Warming Watersheds; Water and Energy training below!

Travis Leipzig
Dec 2 2010 - 6:23pm

The connections between water and energy cannot be made clearer. As the cost of electricity increases, so to does the cost of water. This scenario has been made frighteningly evident in Australia where water prices across the country have soared by 30 percent, on top of inflation, over the last four years. Similar water price spikes are likely to be seen by the world over unless a large move is made away from traditional hard path water and energy solutions toward the soft path.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Dec 2 2010 - 6:14pm

Water supply projects are particularly well-suited for renewable energy applications. Distributed renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic solar, wind, and in-conduit or micro hydropower should be utilized for new and existing water projects whenever practicable to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect utilities and their customers from spikes in fossil fuel costs, and decrease the water demand associated with conventional sources of electric power.

Travis Leipzig
Dec 2 2010 - 4:37pm

Once again, it's time for a weekly re-posting of The Climate Post. Continue reading to learn: about the new climate science which surfaced just in time for the Cancún climate talks; what my undergraduate economics thesis advisor Eban Goodstein has to say about guaranteed future global warming; and which drugs the US, India, China, Russia, South Africa and Australia are selling.

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Travis Leipzig
Dec 1 2010 - 7:05pm

There is substantial room for the development and expansion of integrated resource management and treated wastewater reuse for power plant cooling – thanks to a seemingly unlimited wealth of municipal waste, no current federal regulations specific to reclaimed water (wastewater) reuse, and as only nine states with regulation specific to industrial reuse of wastewater

Travis Leipzig
Nov 29 2010 - 2:46pm

Join the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for a Webinar on December 7, as UCS shares some early findings from their 3-year initiative “Energy and Water in a Warming World” (EW3).

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 29 2010 - 11:13am

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced on Nov. 2 that it will be leading a "groundbreaking" new study to examine water demand in the context of climate change.

Travis Leipzig
Nov 18 2010 - 4:35pm

What is a Thursday without The Climate Post? Not as informative as it could have been! So, here is your weekly re-posting of The Climate Post. Read this weeks post to learn: how pertinent Sarah Palin could be for the solar power transition; why putting a price on carbon truly is so necessary; and what Greenland is doing to protect itself from offshore oil drilling.

Travis Leipzig
Nov 18 2010 - 3:16pm

The preparation and aftermath of a holiday meal can be much more water and energy intensive than your average daily meal. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Impress your friends and family with your water and energy efficient practices around the kitchen.

Travis Leipzig
Nov 16 2010 - 5:47pm

River Network's Saving Water, Saving Energy blog is humbly featured in a new list of the top 10 best in the 'energy' Ecoblogosphere, alongside some of the eco-focused blog greats.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 16 2010 - 2:21pm

This past September, hundreds of water and energy experts descended on Pittsburgh, PA for the Water-Energy Sustainability Symposium, a three day conference with the lofty goal of addressing the country’s future water and energy challenges. In order to help those of you who are on the ground actively working on these issues, presenter materials are now available online, providing what is perhaps the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of research and case studies currently available on water-energy issues.

Travis Leipzig
Nov 15 2010 - 3:45pm

A new report by Pacific Institute indicates that California has the potential to save a million acre-feet of water annually - not to mention enough electricity to power over 300,000 households - at a lower economic and environmental cost than the same old traditional, hard-path solutions such as building new dams and reservoirs that are currently on the table.

Bevan Griffiths-Sattenspiel
Nov 11 2010 - 6:12pm

This December 6-8, River Network will be hosting our Winter Training 2010 in Waynesboro, PA. Join us for the Warming Watersheds, Water and Energy track, a two and a half day intensive workshop focused on water, energy and climate change issues. Alliance for Water Efficiency, Union of Concerned Scientists, National Wildlife Federation, American Rivers and a number of state and local watershed groups will join River Network to share their expertise. Keep reading for the full agenda.

Travis Leipzig
Nov 11 2010 - 4:52pm

Once again, it is Climate Post Thursday. Continue reading this weeks reposting of The Climate Post to learn about the climate disaster that is unconventional fuels, how coal was the biggest winner in November, and why Europe may begin to tax our dirty carbon emitting goods.