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[ Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation ]

In 2015, San Diego WON the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge and we’d like to retake our crown! The contest this year starts on April 1 and ends April 30, encouraging San Diego residents to sign up in order to save or conserve water. To sign up and read more about this, go to Wylandfoundation.org.

Residents from more than 4,800 cities across the United States took part in the 2017 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30, by pledging todreamstime_s_62758794 save over 2.2 billion gallons of water over the next year. The annual month-long campaign to promote drought resiliency and water quality ended on April 30 with mayors from 38 states vying to see whose city could be the nation’s most “water wise.”

The cities with the highest percentage of residents making pledges during the campaign , including our very own San Diego, CA are Laguna Beach, Calif., Flagstaff, Ariz., Athens, Ga, Aurora, Colo., and Dallas, Texas. Overall, residents around the nation, from Anchorage to the Florida Keys, made 421,891 pledges to change behaviors ranging from fixing home leaks to reducing harmful runoff into local rivers and streams.

The challenge, presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA, National League of Cities, The Toro Company, Earth Friendly Products – maker of ECOS, and Conserva Irrigation, addresses the growing importance of educating consumers about the many ways they use water.

“This year’s challenge took a hard look at things we can all do to reduce our impact on our lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands,” said marine life artist Wyland, who founded the Wyland Foundation in 1993. “The more we can do to reduce harmful runoff into our water systems, the more we can provide long-term sustainable benefits to our communities.”

 

 

[ Recycling At Work ]

We all do out best at home to recycle the best that we can, but how about at work? How do you get everyone at workdreamstime_s_89192143 on board with helping to preserve our precious planet?

First of all you must be able to identify what to recycle. Start by looking in refuse bins at different locations around your premises. For a more accurate picture, you could even conduct a waste review. Once you see what’s going into the normal refuse bins, you can start a list of things that should be separated from normal trash. Once you do that, how do you get everyone to chip in?

One of the first things you should do to get everyone to do their part to get senior management involved. It’s important to get them on it first off. They are going to be the ones sending out the messages and spending the money. Unless you plan on paying a recycling service out of your own pocket, it’s essential to get management on board.

For some really great ideas on how you can recycle at work, read at recyclenow.com

[ Permanent Water Use Restrictions in San Diego ]

The lack of water in San Diego is no joke. Sure we have warm beach weather, but the reality of San Diego drying up isdreamstime_s_69230872 far too real.  It’s always a good idea to refresh yourself with way you can conserve our much needed water.

The city of San Diego website has very specific water conservation guidelines.

  • Customers shall not wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, or other paved areas without using a power washer or a hose with a shutoff nozzle.  Washing any paved areas is only allowed to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards.  Water shall be collected and prevented from leaving the property and entering the municipal separate storm sewer system.
  • Customers shall not overfill swimming pools and spas.
  • Customers shall not use non-recirculating potable water in ornamental fountains or cascading fountains.
  • Customers shall not use a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.

Visit the City of San Diego website for more ways you can save our precious water.

 

[ THE OCEAN CLEANUP ANNOUNCES PACIFIC CLEANUP TO START IN 2018 ]

The Dutch foundation is developing advanced technologies to completely rid our oceans of plastic. The first cleanup dreamstime_s_38944764systems are already in production. Overwhelmingly allowing for the cleanup of half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years. Now that’s pretty impressive.

Read the full article at Gogreenbiz by CLICKING HERE! 

[ Yes We Canned ]

Catalina is now in the business of growing their own local tuna.dreamstime_s_80692229

Did you ever open a can of tuna and think, “This really resembles cat food.” Did you know that there has not been a single commercial tuna cannery in the U.S. since 1972? The Marine Mammal Protection Act passed—protecting whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, walruses, manatees, etc. The legislation was a fantastic idea, protecting the lives of our friends in the sea, but also ended commercial tuna fishing in America. This really had an impact on the quality of the tuna we were consuming here in America. But…things are looking up for our tuna quality. Whole Foods is promising to only sell sustainable canned tuna by 2018. Some of the lowest quality tuna that was tested are among Target, Costco, Chicken of the Sea, Trader Joe’s, Bumble Bee, and Walmart. The lowest-rated on Greenpeace’s test was Starkist—the largest tuna brand in the U.S., and probably what most Americans have in their cupboard at home.

To read the rest of this very informative article from San Diego MagazineCLICK HERE. 

[ A Sustainable Solution To Water Supply Challenges ]

Because San Diego lacks a local drinking water source, we import 85% of our water from the Colorado River and Northern California Bay Delta. Due to that and droughts, San Diego falls victim to rising water costs from dreamstime_s_40503571wholesalers. The cost of water has tripled over the last 15 years and does not show signs of dropping. In fact it is currently getting even higher. What do we do? We obviously need water to live.

The city of San Diego has launched Pure Water San Diego. This is a program to help manage our own existing water supply and uses advanced water purification technologies to recycle wastewater into safe, high-quality drinking water. In essence it’s basically recycling our own water…how brilliant is that? Although this is a remarkable step forward in water preservation, reaching the goal of producing approximately one-third of San Diego’s water supply by 2035 isn’t a cheap endeavor. The bill for just the first phase is a healthy $1.2 billion.

To read the rest of this article from Brookings…CLICK HERE. 

[ 91% of Plastic Isn’t Recycled ]

When talking about non recylcled plastic, even 1% is too much – but 91%! That is just sad.

Beginning 6 decades ago and since then, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been created as disposable products, which end up in the trash.  Of all that plastic waste, only 9% has been recycled!dreamstime_s_36934615

Jenna Jambeck is a University of Georgia environmental engineer who specializes in studying plastic waste in the oceans and she says, “We all knew there was a rapid and extreme increase in plastic production from 1950 until now, but actually quantifying the cumulative number for all plastic ever made was quite shocking.”

To Read this full story and see the video from National Geographic…CLICK HERE! 

[ Instead of ban, San Diego will allow recycling of foam food containers ]

While many cities have banned the use of polystyrene food containers, on July 1st 2017, San Diego began allowing the recycling of said polystyrene. Sophie Barnhorst, a San Diego Chamber of Commerce Policy Coordinatordreamstime_s_69651160 stated, “We believe recycling expanded polystyrene food containers is a sensible alternative to an outright ban”.

To read the full article from the San Diego Union Tribune…CLICK HERE. 

[ How to Recycle and Donate Your Leftover Eclipse Glasses ]

Well the total eclipse has come and gone. Hopefully you were lucky enough to see it and if you did, you hopefully saw it through approved eclipse glasses. Now that you’ve experienced this amazing event, what to do with dreamstime_s_54693549those glasses?

Lifehacker.com has instructions on how to appropriately recycle your eclipse glasses.

To find out how…CLICK HERE! 

[ What is Fairtrade? ]

If you are anything like me, l had heard the phrase Fairtrade, but didn’t really know what it meant. I knew it had something to do with helping the environment but that was about the extent of my knowledge. Fair trade isdreamstime_s_85080660 (2) a far overlooked concept that if practiced, could make a huge difference in the world we live in.

When purchasing fairtrade coffee for instance, it can mean five times the pay for a farmer vs. child labor. Through Fairtrade, farmers and workers take control and build sustainable futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Fairtrade America states…”The difference between “Fairtrade” and “fair trade” is that “Fairtrade” refers only to Fairtrade organizations (such as Fairtrade America) or products certified through the Fairtrade International system. Conversely, “fair trade” can refer to many different things – the fair trade movement, fair trade products generally, products that claim to be fairly traded but do not carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.”

To read a very informative and interesting article from Fairtrade America….CLICK HERE!