California's snowcapped mountains aren't merely a beautiful backdrop, but also a high-elevation water storage system. Snowpack is so important because in a normal year, California gets about 30 percent of its water from snowpack runoff. And this year, there is almost none. Is this the harbinger of a new era?
Drought remains an all-too-common news story in the US but the silver lining is that a growing number of people are curious about how they can cut back on their water waste, and in many cases are willing to think outside the box to do it. Enter the water footprint.
According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each spring they ask everyone to take a week and hunt down the drips and streams of wasted water. Fix-a-Leak Week is March 16-22, and it's a great time to find and fix your leaks so you can save valuable water and money all year long.
Love water? Hunting for a new job? You might be able to make a splash with a career in water protection. Our need for water and wastewater management is only going to grow. Whether you're a scientist, an advocate, a writer or an accountant, you'll be needed!
Journalist Stephen Leahy's new book about water footprints is a great introduction to the mysterious world of virtual water. We recently asked him about how he became interested in water footprints, his suggestions for what readers can do and how his own water footprint measures up.
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.
While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.
California could save up to 13.8 million acre-feet of water a year through water-saving and recycling strategies, and a new report aims to motivate statewide action by calling attention to water-saving methods that lie within arms reach.
This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)
A new Indiana University study illustrates how little people know about water use and the virtual water content of food. Not to worry - GRACE has you covered! Our Water Footprint Calculator can help you learn how much water you use each day while you're showering, watering your lawn and eating.
"Meet the Nexus: How Food, Water and Energy are Connected" is our guide that shows how making even one good decision about how you use food, water or energy resources can have a positive impact on the others. Even the simple cheese slice you might have had for lunch has a rich story to tell!
Every year, the holidays present an overwhelming array of decisions, conundrums and opportunities for fun. Here are interesting dilemmas and situations many of us face as we embark on The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. And if nothing else, they're great conversation fodder!
Thanksgiving is the high-water mark for travel in the US. As we kickoff this year's festive season, here are some sustainable travel tips from the Ecocentric team to help you enjoy traveling to spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest.
Wondering what to do about your unused prescription and over-the-counter medications? Before you flush them down the drain, check out what the FDA and your state and local governments recommend.
A new study comes to a counter-intuitive conclusion: City residents have bigger carbon footprints than suburban or country residents. (Well, at least in Finland.) How is that possible? Higher consumption, and that has big implications no matter where you live.
A group of people who research, manage and write about the energy-water nexus recently gathered at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, DC to determine research needs to help the country achieve sustainability at the nexus. Here's what they found.