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Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis - The Globe and Mail
Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis
PORTLAND, ORE. — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015, 11:08 AM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015,
California  droughts  water  scarcity  farming  agriculture  water_footprints  almonds  Omar_el_Akkad 
april 2015 by jerryking
Water shortages could open taps on corporate risk - The Globe and Mail
NEW YORK — Reuters Breakingviews
Published Monday, Jan. 05 2015

two-thirds of the world’s largest companies worry about how constraints may affect their business....A few high-profile droughts have helped shake off some complacency. ...Illinois and Indiana are starting to use their relative abundance of water to lure companies to their states....Often, a company’s idea of water risk is very narrow,
water  scarcity  water_footprints  risks 
january 2015 by jerryking
Clare Hasler-Lewis on the Future of Agriculture - WSJ
July 7, 2014

I also see a steady stream of new farming technologies, practices and ideas that are increasing our ability to use limited resources efficiently—particularly water. And that promises a future agriculture that can feed the world, sustainably, for generations to come.

Smart Winery
Capturing, recycling and reusing water will become the rule rather than the exception in food production and processing. Processing the food we eat every day makes up 50% of our total water footprint. It is not difficult to imagine most consumer products of the future bearing a "Water Footprint" rating.

A glimpse of that water-efficient future is already visible at the University of California, Davis, where my colleagues recently opened the world's only LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified winery, brewery and food-processing facility.
agriculture  farming  future  water  scarcity  water_footprints  food 
august 2014 by jerryking
Making Data Visible So You Can Act On It
December 11, 2012 | MIT Sloan Management Review |John Schulz (AT&T), interviewed by Nina Kruschwitz...

At AT&T, John Schulz, a director of sustainability operations, first had to make the company’s energy and water use data visible before the company could establish a program to reduce those numbers....The visibility of that data is what really drives behavior, because it’s shared with their peers, who the facility managers want to do well among, and with upper management. We found the scorecard model to be very useful, both for choosing the right points of data and then for making them visible. That was a real turning point for us.
data  sustainability  water_footprints  leadership  visibility  interviews  AT&T  energy  energy_efficiency  MIT  turning_points 
january 2013 by jerryking
Book Chat on 'The Big Thirst': The Future of Water
May 3, 2011 | | By DAVID LEONHARDT. Who reviews,
‘The Big Thirst’: The Future of Water by Charles Fishman, who a longtime
writer for Fast Company magazine. Fishman previously wrote “The
Wal-Mart Effect,” which was an Economist “book of the year” in 2006 and a
finalist in The Financial Times’s awards for best business
book.....Free water — water so cheap you never think about cost when
making water use decisions — is a silent disaster. When something is
free, the message is: It’s unlimited. Free water leads to constant waste
and misallocation.
“We will not, going forward, have water that has all three of those
qualities at the same time: unlimited, unthinkingly inexpensive and
safe.” ....Reminds me of an adage often cited in engineering circles:
"Good, fast, cheap - - pick any two." [JCK: Optimization--the balancing speed, rigor, quality, and agility. Leave perfection to higher powers.]
water  books  water_footprints  future  free  optimization  pricing  resource_allocation  misallocations  waste  inexpensive  engineering  fast  cheap  fast-paced 
may 2011 by jerryking
Water's Scarcity Spells Opportunity for Entrepreneurs -
March 21, 2011
2030 Water Resources Group = an association of the World Bank, major
industrial water users and the consulting firm McKinsey.
Hydrovolts, a start-up company in Seattle, has developed a portable
turbine that generates energy from water flowing in irrigation canals.
BlackGold Biofuels, from Philadelphia, takes fats, oils and grease out
of wastewater to create biodiesel. WaterSmart Software = software helps
residential users track their consumption to save water and money.
Imagine H2O competition
the Artemis Project, a specialist consulting practice based in San
water  water_power  scarcity  start_ups  XPV  venture_capital  vc  entrepreneur  water_footprints  wastewater-treatment  contests  GE  Veolia  fats 
march 2011 by jerryking
Rug cleaner reduces its footprint - The Globe and Mail
Summer 2007 | Report on Small Business magazine | Ken Hunt. In
the cavernous cleaning area of Turco-Persian Rug Co., carpets snake
their way through shaking, scrubbing and rinsing machines, while workers
attack stains by hand. When in full swing, Turco-Persian can clean up
to 200 carpets/week - and wash away more than 11,350 L of hot water each
day, about the same as taking a 14-hr shower. And that's an
improvement: Until owner Gregory Kasparian installed automatic shut-offs
that close the taps when there's no rug on the line, Turco-Persian used
2X the water it does now...As much as 90% of hot-water energy literally
goes down the drain. Waterloo-based RenewAbility Energy's
Power-Pipe—basically just a section of copper pipe about 150 cm
long—recycles up to 60% of the heat lost in waste water and can save
businesses 40% on their energy bills. As water goes through the
Power-Pipe, it clings to a thin film and transfers its heat to cold
water circulating on the outside of the drain pipe.
water_footprints  entrepreneur  green  carpets 
february 2011 by jerryking
PGI Releases First Report
Mar 2010 | Business and the Environment. Vol. 21, Iss. 3; pg.
7, 2 pgs | Anonymous. PGI's sustainability report is both engaging and
informative, using audio and animation to illustrate the company's
commitment to sustainability through "Vision, Speed and Efficiency."
PGI's five-year sustainability goals are to:

* Commercialize 10 new sustainable innovations;

* Increase the use of recycled material;

* Reduce the use of non-renewable materials in delivered products by

* Reduce the use of water in manufacturing by 10%;

* Reduce carbon footprint by 10%;

* Reduce solid waste from manufacturing processes by 10%;

* Reduce recordable safety incidents to zero;

* Report at an "A" GRI application level; and

* Achieve a "low risk" employee engagement benchmark level.
ProQuest  employee_engagement  TBL  sustainability  goal-setting  water_footprints 
september 2010 by jerryking
John Briscoe
March-April 2009 | Harvard Magazine
water_footprints  profile  water 
may 2009 by jerryking
IBM Dives Into Water Venture -
MARCH 13, 2009, 7:21 A.M. ET, WSJ, by by WILLIAM M. BULKELEY.
Touting 'Smarter Planet,' Big Blue Pushes Technology to Manage Resources
water  IBM  water_footprints  smart_meters  infrastructure  smart_infrastructure 
march 2009 by jerryking / Columnists / Michael Skapinker - Bottled water and the madness of crowds
September 24 2007 19:06 | Last updated: September 24 2007
19:06, FT, by Michael Skapinker
References, "Wellsprings: a Natural History of Bottled Spring Waters" by
the American hydrologist, Francis Chapelle, who says that the
chlorination of public drinking water “has probably saved more human
lives than any other technological advance in public health history”.
water  water_footprints  public_health  books 
march 2009 by jerryking
Is Water the Next Carbon? | Green Day | Fast Company
Mon Feb 9, 2009 FAST COMPANY blog post by Anya Kamenetz
depicting water as needing to be allocated among competing human needs
such as industries, agriculture, and cities. And the solutions have to
do with finding efficiencies and closing loops to achieve "water
neutrality"--when an enterprise returns the same amount of clean water
to the world as it uses.
scarcity  water  water_footprints  allocation  neutrality  Anya_Kamenetz 
february 2009 by jerryking
Yet Another 'Footprint' to Worry About: Water -
FEBRUARY 17, 2009 WSJ article by ALEXANDRA ALTER on upsurge by companies to track their water footprints
water  scarcity  eco-friendly  climate_change  water_footprints  sustainability  shortages 
february 2009 by jerryking
Water, Water, Everywhere....
January 17, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by Kathryn Kranhold.
Article details the move by the state of California to look actively at
desalination technology.
water  desalination  cleantech  water_footprints  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2009 by jerryking

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