The WQA's eco-labeling program is currently being reviewed by outside stakeholders and is still on track to be available later this year
According to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), its eco-labeling program—which will allow companies to show consumers that their products are certified as sustainable—is currently being reviewed by outside stakeholders including retailers, regulatory agencies and academia. The program remains on track to be available later this year.
KB Home built the area's first WaterSense-labeled home
The first home in the Washington, D.C., area to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label has been built by KB Home in Waldorf, Md.
Joining the nearly 140 WaterSense-labeled homes across the nation, the Zero House 2.0 is also net zero—meaning it produces more energy than it uses—and Energy Star certified. KB Home built the first WaterSense-labeled home in Roseville, Calif., in 2010, and as the 2011 WaterSense Builder Partner of the Year, continues to construct water-saving new homes.
U.S. public and private sectors are dedicating more than half a billion dollars to address key water challenges around the world
Last week, U.S. public and private sectors announced that they are dedicating more than half a billion dollars to address key water challenges around the world through the newly formed U.S. Water Partnership. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) General Counsel Scott Fulton and former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly keynoted the global launch of the partnership, one of six signature initiatives announced by the U.S. government at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Kunal Sangani was named the U.S. winner of the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Kunal Sangani of Fayetteville, N.Y., was named the U.S. winner of the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) during a ceremony last weekend in Boston.
Co-marketing agreement aims to educate businesses on how to achieve measurable results in water and energy conservation
As clean water grows increasingly scarce globally, more and more businesses are adopting plans to harvest rainwater locally. Recognizing this need for improved water conservation in both new and existing building projects, Pentair and Watertronics have combined forces to educate architects, consultants and engineering firms on how they can provide innovative rainwater harvesting systems that result in the health of plants, landscaping and in year-round savings through reduced municipal water needs for their clients.
WaterSense released its 2011 accomplishments report
WaterSense, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partnership program that helps Americans protect the nation’s water supply by offering simple ways to save water, announced its 2011 program accomplishments.
The goal is smarter, more sustainable water use by industry
Ecolab Inc. has expanded its commitment to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to support the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) in establishing a global water standard. The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard aims to support water users globally in taking appropriate actions to evaluate and improve their impacts on watersheds.
Ecolab's two-year pledge includes annual financial support and in-kind technical support and guidance by company experts to field test the draft AWS standard.
Water conservation program will include new showerheads, sink aerators, more efficient toilets
William Peace University of Raleigh, N.C., announced that it launched the Rainwater Harvesting System Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) Grant Project, a $710,000 campus-wide environmental water conservation program. The grant will support the installation of a cistern, which is projected to supply the campus with 90% of the irrigation water needed.
The debate will happen at the Aspen Ideas Festival in July
On July 1, Intelligence Squared U.S. will partner with the Aspen Ideas Festival to present its 62nd debate, “No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good.”
May 9 sessions will feature multiple experts on water-efficient building practices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 36 states will face water shortages by 2013.
It is a problem not limited to the desert Southwest but stretches to the Midwest, Florida, Georgia and other regions. EPA's WaterSense program is designed to decrease indoor and outdoor nonagricultural water use through more efficient products, equipment and programs.