Harvesting Rainwater, Grey Water, & Landscape Water Recycling

So you’ve replaced your lawn with drought resistant natives, installed low-flow shower heads and faucets, upgraded your appliances to water saving efficient washing machines and dishwashers, and cut your water usage. What’s next? Well that’s where minds (and laws) are changing due to the long drought. Here in California, as with most of the...
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Reservoir Floating Black Shade Balls – Saving Water Secondary

Making a big splash this year are millions of black plastic balls tasked with shading sunlight from the water, but it’s main purpose isn’t for saving water. The UV rays in sunlight can accelerate a chemical reaction between bromite, which is naturally found in groundwater, and chlorine, which is added to disinfect and kill...
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Automotive and Transportation

How Bike-Sharing Systems Are Revolutionizing Our Cities

According to PeopleForBikes, percent of Washington #8217;s Capital Bikeshare riders reported a reduction in stress levels. Meanwhile, Climate Central reports that Denver’s B-Cycle program is estimated to have avoided over 1 million pounds of CO2 emissions. It’s no longer necessary to own a bike or spend a small fortune renting one while on...
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The 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill: 5 Ways to Get Involved

The beautiful coastline of Santa Barbara, California, is no stranger to oil spills. Still considered the largest oil spill to occur along California waters, the 1969 Santa Barbara spill devastated the marine habitat. Although smaller, the spring spill still prompted the governor of California to call for a state of emergency in Santa Barbara...
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Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios

San Francisco is full of hidden garden oases and public patio gems thanks to a little known program promoting called POPOS or Privately Owned Public Open Spaces. That is, many highrise buildings in cities have public ‘parks’ or public space viewing areas in them. This can include observation decks, terraces, patios, roofs and viewing...
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Office and Workplace

The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business

Green business is big business, and more and more companies are adopting eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Here’s a roundup of five American cities leading the way in green business: Austin, Texas The Texas capitol boats more than 206 parks, 26 greenbelts, 12 preserves and more than 50 miles of trails. Not only does Austin...
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