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Energy and Water Team Up at This Year's World Water Week

It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.

This Week in Eco News - August 29, 2014

Reusing and repurposing our stuff is a great way to go for the environment and our wallets - and consider the just plain fun, creative benefits! From a beautiful backyard herb garden in an old kitchen sink to mindful back to school shopping, here's some food for thought this Labor Day weekend.

This Week in Eco News - August 22, 2014

Talk about opposites: record-setting rain drowned parts of Long Island, New York last week while California's water overuse is aggravating already parched conditions. One great piece of Eco News: Oregon's state legislature said no to a coal export terminal on the coast which could have fouled native fisheries in the Columbia River and other waterways.

This Week in Eco News - August 15, 2014

How do you manage your resources? Several stories this week deal with that question, on scales ranging from national to your very own home. (Remember, a solar energy spill just means an extra-sunny day at your house!) Find out the latest source of aid for California's farmers who are still enduring the state's awful drought.

This Week in Eco News - August 8, 2014

The effects of industrial farming were on vivid display last week as toxic algae contaminated the water in Toledo, Ohio. Here's what you can do to bolster sustainable food: shop at a farmers' market to celebrate local farmers who are building a better food system. (While you're there, wish everyone a Happy National Farmers' Market Week!)

Sports and Sustainability: A Winning Combination!

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about attending your favorite football/baseball/soccer/hockey team's game at their hometown stadium? Sustainable food? Water conservation? Maybe recycling or composting? No? What about LEED Gold Certifications, green rooftops or farm-to-table menus?

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

This Week in Eco News - August 1, 2014

We hope you're enjoying a beautiful summer lazing beside your favorite waterfront! Lots of good stories this week on GMO labeling, the California drought and why your favorite cup of iced coffee is costing you more these days.

The Complex (and Currently High) Cost of Iced Coffee

Pop quiz: Why does your iced coffee habit cost so much more this hot summer? Turns out that there's a whole lot of stuff (and effort) that goes into making that cold cup of joe. Read on for the reasons behind those jacked up prices.

This Week in Eco News - July 25, 2014

This week, how we manage our food, water and energy resources - keeping them clean, conserving for the future - was a theme throughout many news stories. It reminded us, again, of the important connections between them. (Something to contemplate while appreciating the power of a waterfall!)

10 Simple Tips for an Energy Efficient Summer

As we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to refresh yourself with some easy ways to save energy while staying cool. Here are ten tips to help you use energy more efficiently and save money at the same time.

This Week in Eco News - July 18, 2014

Like us, you're probably eager to get your hands on more summer bounty at the farmers' market. While there, have you also bought local eggs? Some food for thought this weekend along with our other food, water and energy Eco News!

Our Heroes: Tiffany Haworth of the Dan River Basin Association

It's been a year like no other for Tiffany Haworth, executive director of the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA). In early February, a coal ash waste pond on the banks of Dan River began to spill its toxic contents into the river. Here, Tiffany shares how DRBA responded to one of the worst coal ash spills ever to occur in the US.

This Week in Eco News - July 11, 2014

It's a Midsummer Night's Break for our Eco News team. We'll be back with our usual food, water and energy news briefs roundup next Friday. In the meantime, here are a readers' treasury of the most popular posts on Ecocentric so far in 2014.

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