water efficiency

Dry California Officially in a State of Drought

Article: Dry California Officially in a State of Drought

SACRAMENTO, California (ENS) – After two straight years of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff and the largest court-ordered water transfer restrictions in state history, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday proclaimed a statewide drought, the first official drought since 1991. The state’s final snow survey of 2008 conducted in May showed snowpack water content at only…

Tallahassee Solid Waste Services Earns Green Building Label

Article: Tallahassee Solid Waste Services Earns Green Building Label

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, January 28, 2008 (ENS) – The City of Tallahassee’s Solid Waste Services Administration building has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. It is the second municipal building in Florida and the first in North Florida to earn the distinction. LEED certification…

Rebuilding Greensburg Greener Than Ever

Article: Rebuilding Greensburg Greener Than Ever

GREENSBURG, Kansas, January 21, 2008 (ENS) – Flattened by a massive tornado on May 4, 2007, the small west Kansas town of Greensburg, intends to become more than green in name only. The town that lost 95 percent of its structures in the storm has focused its recovery on rebuilding as a model green community.…

New Columbia River Water Rights Under Review

Article: New Columbia River Water Rights Under Review

YAKIMA, Washington, January 20, 2008 (ENS) – An agreement that could result in new rights to Columbia River water is now available for public review. Under the proposal, irrigators will help pay for water conservation projects that in turn will allow the Washington Department of Ecology to issue new water rights from the Columbia River.…

Dig Deeper to Cut Back on Water

Article: Dig Deeper to Cut Back on Water

So, you’re in to this water-efficiency thing, eh? Really want to cut back, do you? We though you’d never ask… 1) Ease up on the meat. To produce 1 kilogram of boneless beef, it takes 6.5 kilograms of grain, 36 kilograms of roughage (coarse grains and pasture), and 155 liters of drinking water [www.treehugger.com]. Eating…