WaterSense Draft Specification Released for Weather-based Irrigation Controllers

The revised specification is open for comment until March 21.

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Community Co-management Could Help Sustain Fisheries Worldwide

New evidence suggests that the bulk of the world’s fisheries – including small-scale, often non-industrialized fisheries on which millions of people depend for food – could be sustained using community-based co-management.

Save Water Today campaign and website.

American Water Marks 125 Years with Consumer Education Campaign

Initiatives will emphasize the importance of protecting water from source to tap.

Johnson Controls, Kohler Add Water Category to ICE Student Contest

Igniting Creative Energy Water integrates the connection of water and energy conservation into the challenge; entries must be postmarked by March 4.

Report: Market for Building Management Systems to Grow to $2.4B by 2016

According to a new report from Pike Research, building energy management systems sector revenue in the United States will increase from $900 million in 2010 to $2.4 billion annually by 2016, under an average forecast scenario.

Food waste can be diverted, not sent to the landfill.

ACS Cites Six Ways to Sustainability

The American Chemical Society has selected a few simple ideas culled from its journals on how to be sustainable, including stop wasting food, try working out outside, and take the bus instead of driving your car.


There's No Place Like Antarctica For the Holidays

Every year from about October through March, researchers from SWFSC’s Antarctic Living Marine resources Program head south to Antarctica to study and observe how animals living in the Antarctic ecosystem are affected by commercial fisheries in the southern oceans.

Chevy Volt Components Created from Gulf of Mexico OilSoaked Booms

Oil-soaked plastic boom material used to soak up oil in the Gulf of Mexico is finding new life in auto parts for the Chevrolet Volt.

University Constructing 2.8-Megawatt Fuel Cell that Runs on Waste Methane

Construction of a fuel cell with enough capacity to power 2,800 homes has begun on the University of California’s San Diego campus as part of a renewable-energy project to turn waste methane gas from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant directly into electricity without combustion.

Groups to Study Effects of Water Efficient Plumbing

The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition and the Australasian Scientific Review of Reduction of Flows on Plumbing and Drainage Systems will collaborate on the research.

Watershed Academy Sets Webcast on Low Impact Development

North Carolina's LID certification program, which will be discussed in the webcast, may be replicated nationally.

Pace of Amazon Deforestation Reaches Lowest Rate Ever Recorded

Deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon declined 14 percent from August 2009 to July 2010, reaching the lowest rates ever recorded for the second consecutive year.

Desertscape in New Mexico

Part 4: Prefurbia, Landscaping, and Pad Shaping

This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series on some of today's problems in land development and how innovative methods collectively known as "Prefurbia" can help overcome them.

United Water Developing Plan for Haverstraw, N.Y.

Pilot plant will help identify best ways to purify Hudson River water.

Water Stewardship Group to Base Initiative in Milwaukee

The effort is expected to create a LEED-style program for water conservation.

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California and Massachusetts Lead Energy Efficiency, ACEEE Says

In its annual scorecard, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy rated the states and found Mississippi and North Dakota needed the most improvement while Texas and New Hampshire lost the most ground over last year.

Technical Document Targets Utilities' Energy Management Efforts

The document includes cost information developed from literature sources, manufacturers, and operating facilities.

WaterSense Honors Four Partners for Water-Saving Efforts

Cascade Water Alliance, Moen Inc., Lowe's and Judy Benson received awards at a banquet last week.

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15 Profiles Show How Material Reuse Can Change Construction

The “Design for Reuse Primer,” a free e-book, looks at the untapped potential of material reuse through the perspectives of the architects, contractors, and clients committed to its use.

ICMA Survey: Local Governments Slow to Walk the Sustainability Walk

The International City/County Management Association found that while local governments recognized the need to create sustainability, they generally have not been able to act on that knowledge.