What you can do—climate change, drought, holiday season



WHAT YOU CAN DO– thanks to John Andrew of CA Dept. of Water Resources:

“It turns out that, according to the CEC, all aspects of water—water extraction, conveyance, treatment, distribution, and end-use, and collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater—use about 1/5 of the state’s electricity.  “Moving water” is a small (though not insignificant) part of that 1/5, with actually 75% of it related to the customer’s use of the water—e.g. water heating, washers, dryers, dishwashers. The overall context for water-related energy use in California is nicely summarized on page 25 of the Highlights of the California Water Plan Update 2013


10 Things You Can Do To Help Slow Climate Change  (with additions by Ellie; CORRECTED)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

With leaders and activists from all over the world in Paris this week talking big-picture solutions for climate change, we wanted to talk about the little picture. The things we, as individuals, can do to help slow climate change. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Tony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, about the choices and changes people can make in their daily lives to have an impact on climate, and how much those changes really matter.

10 Things You Can Do To Go Easier On The Earth– for a healthy future for our kids and communities:

  1. Insulate your home [and use less energy— in Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, you can now pay a little extra for 100% renewal energy]
  2. Reuse and recycle [and you less packaging for] everything you can
  3. Turn off the lights not in use and use new technologies, like motion sensors for lights; Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs [and even better] with LEDs
  4. Take shorter/fewer showers and use less water in general [all aspects of water in CA use 1/5 of all electricity in California state-wide]
  5. Eat less meat [and the right kind of meat—locally grown, grass finished with eco-friendly ranching practices]
  6. Waste less food [and compost whenever you can to reduce emissions from landfills]
  7. Buy a more fuel-efficient car, or an electric car [and change home appliances from gas to electric—when using clean energy for electricity]
  8. Drive [and fly less] (carpool, walk, bike, use public transportation, combine trips, vacation locally) 
  9. Plant a bird-friendly and climate-friendly, drought resistant garden- with native plants and grasses.
  10. Engage in local climate-smart habitat restoration.


Tips for reducing your environmental impact during the holiday season

Vanderbilt University

Sustainability is achieved when the needs of the present population are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To achieve sustainability, we should examine the impact that our activities have on the environment and implement ways to reduce our consumption of resources and our generation of waste. In keeping with the efforts of Vanderbilt to become part of a more sustainable community, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office has developed this Sustainable Holiday Greening Guide in order to provide the Vanderbilt community with tips to lessen their environmental impact during the holidays. The holiday season brings good cheer to many people and is a wonderful time to celebrate with colleagues, friends, and family. An unintended side effect is that the holidays are also a time of excessive generation of solid waste and consumption of natural resources. Did you know…?

  • Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
  • If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
  • 35% of Americans have an unused Christmas present collecting dust in their closet.

These guidelines that follow in the categorized list below were developed to help you think about the environmental impact of the holidays and provide some tips on how to minimize your impact as much as possible.

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