New Jersey American Water's grant enhances eco-friendly Poricy Park
A rain garden will be added to the eco-friendly features of Middletown, N.J.'s Poricy Park, thanks to a $10,000 grant from New Jersey American Water. The award is part of the company's annual Environmental Grant Program, which offers funding for qualifying, innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies.
EPA encourages homeowners to explore the benefits of rain barrels
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging homeowners to explore the opportunity of introducing a rain barrel next to their homes this summer to help save precious water and control storm water runoff.
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from the roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. A rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive to construct and can sit conveniently under any residential gutter down spout.
Bushman product line is currently available on the Plastic-Mart website
Plastic-Mart partnered with Bushman USA in the sale of their rainwater systems. The Bushman product line is currently available through drop ship across the country from Temecula, Calif., on the Plastic-Mart website.
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The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa is a flagship for the school’s commitment to sustainability. Completed in September 2010, it not only serves USF’s School of Global Sustainability and Patel Center for Global Solutions, it also is the first building at the Tampa campus to aim for U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
University center lives up to green ideals with water reuse system
First WATERBANK School opens this month near Depatas in Kenya’s Central Highlands
The WATERBANK School, conceived and designed by U.S.-based nonprofit PITCHAfrica, demonstrates the dramatic potential of rainwater harvesting in semi-arid regions and aims to put an end to water wars. Enabling schools to harvest, store and filter water in large quantities as part of a community-integrated approach to rainwater harvesting is a powerful concept, particularly in regions where groundwater and surface water resources are already under stress, said PITCHAfrica’s founder and director, Jane Harrison.
The City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program partnered with S. Groner Associates (SGA) to launch a rainwater harvesting pilot program in 2010. The program’s purpose was to encourage residents in select cities to install rain barrels at their homes to harvest rainwater, which can be recycled to water gardens and landscaping. It used a combination of proven community-based social marketing practices, such as recruiting early adopters to establish the behavior as a social norm.
Engineering a successful rainwater harvesting program
Located in the Logan Square neighborhood on Chicago’s north side, Haas Park is a testament to the city’s commitment to sustainability through appropriate use of rainwater harvesting.
Haas Park honors Joseph F. Haas (1857-1928), a widely respected public servant. During his 42-year career in public office, he served as a Chicago alderman, secretary of the sanitary district, state senator and more.
City park implements rainwater harvesting for new fieldhouse
Registration is open through Oct. 5, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to storm water management.
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.