Friday, October 19, 2012

Grab Some Popcorn

by Jennifer Wemhoff, The Groundwater Foundation

The Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition wrapped up this week in Los Angeles.  Groundwater Foundation President Jane Griffin served as a judge for the competition, sponsored by Rain Bird, which recognized a variety of filmmakers and their work promoting the value of water and water conservation.
Grab some popcorn and check out these winning short films:
Jury Award Winner: Isla Urbana
Audience Choice Award Winner: The Wash

Visit the contest's home page to see the other finalists' films:  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sustainability Plan Includes Water Conservation

by Jane Griffin, Groundwater Foundation President

I was able to attend a Public Policy Forum the other evening. The topic was my home town’s (Lincoln, Nebraska) new sustainability targets. The City of Lincoln’s new “Sustainable Lincoln” plan, being put together by a citizen “blue ribbon” advisory committee, was the focal point of the discussion. Panelists included business and government representatives. Each spoke to their role in sustainability as a leader.  It was exciting for me to hear that water conservation is a top priority both for business leaders and government administrators. Energy also is a critical topic, and there are some lofty goals that have been set. But, given the efforts that the panelists highlighted, I believe we can do it. Collectively, we can meet the goals!

Does your town have a sustainability plan? Let us know what is happening in your hometown!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Water Conservation Challenge: UPDATE

In an August  blog, I wrote about my household water use. After learning my husband and I were using about 299 gallons of water each day I decided we would try to reduce our water use. After 60 days on our water saving plan, I am happy to report my husband and I were successful in reducing the amount of water we use.

Over the past two months we used 162 gallons per day, which would be about 81 gallons per person. We reduced our total water use in a 60 day period from 17,952 gallons to 9,724! That equals a total of 8,228 gallons saved!

While we are feeling pretty good about how much water we saved we still know there is more water conservation that can be done.

Here are some more water savings ideas for our home and yours!

Make Your Landscape Green

Do you have more watering conservation tips? Post your water conservation practicies in our comment section.