conserve water

Pictured here is the bog turtle – North America’s tiniest turtle! This turtle can be found in the Appalachian Mountain bogs, one of the nation’s most biodiverse, yet rarest and most imperiled habitats. Roughly 90 percent of the area’s mountain bogs that once existed have been lost, making protection critical. That’s why the President’s budget calls for funding to conserve places like this as part of full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 🐢

Photo by Rosie Walunas, USFWS.


Okay. Here’s a story about a lake. Some of you may know this lake if you live in or around Tuolumne County in California. 

This lake is Pinecrest

Pinecrest Lake is the go-to spot to escape the summer heat for many locals of Tuolumne County. Even people as far as San Francisco come and enjoy the waters. 

The lake is surrounded by miles of hiking/biking trails, beautiful and well-maintained campgrounds that bring in thousands every year.

When it doesn’t look like this….

This is due to the MAJOR drought that California is currently experiencing. THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN THE STATE’S HISTORY. Partially caused by the horrible wildfire (the Rim Fire) that wreaked havoc on the area back in August. 

Already this year, one of the economic powerhouses in the Sierra Nevada foothills, our beloved Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, was closed the majority of the season. The resort normally opens around Thanksgiving and closes around the time of Easter. 

They were only open 33 days this year

The small towns thrive on resorts like these bringing in tourist. Dodge Ridge for the winter months, and Pinecrest in the summer. This winter has been terrible already for tourist traffic, and the summer isn’t looking too bright for us.

Not to mention Pinecrest is one of the major factors of OUR OWN WATER SUPPLY!!!!

PLEASE!!! Conserve water throughout the state of California!! Tuolumne County is already under drought emergency and we're REQUIRED to conserve water right now. It doesn’t matter where you are; in the central valley, Los Angeles, San Fran, ANY WHERE. 


Our glass isn’t half full anymore….

                                                          it is empty….

maybe I should have asked Gaia to do this poster…=_= 

The regulations require Californians to stop the following activities:

-washing down driveways and sidewalks; (this is such a waste of water considering it only remain dust/sand free for like…10 minutes?)
-watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff;
-using a hose to wash a motor vehicle unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle; and
-using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature unless the water is recirculated.

and you should….

-Check your sprinklers so they actually water your lawn, NOT the sidewalk. 
-Set your watering system to a time before sunrise or shortly after sunset, so water don’t EVAPORATE in the heat of daylight.
-TURN OFF the faucet as soon as you’re done using it.

-Although it’s California having a drought, this really applies to EVERYONE, anywhere, because although Earth is covered in water, the usable fresh water supply is VERY limited.


ican’t breathe

This photo of the Amazon River taken by Astronaut Tim Kopra reveals the many meandering changes of the river’s course. Left untouched by human intervention, rivers tend to get more curvy, or sinuous, over time, simply due to fluid dynamics. Imagine a single bend in a river. Due to conservation of angular momentum, water flows faster around the inside curve of the bend than the outside - just like an ice skater spins faster with her arms pulled in. From Bernoulli’s principle, we know there is an accompanying pressure gradient caused by this velocity difference - with higher pressure near the outer bank and lower pressure on the inner one. This pressure gradient is what guides the water around the bend, keeping the bulk of the fluid moving downstream rather than bending toward either bank. 

At the bottom of the river, though, viscosity slows the water down due to the influence of the ground. This slower water, still subject to the same pressure gradient as the rest of the river, cannot maintain its course going downstream. Instead, it gets pushed from the outer bank toward the inner bank in what’s known as a secondary flow. This secondary flow carries sediment away from the outer bank and deposits it on the inner bank, which, over time, makes the river bend more and more pronounced. (Image credit: T. Kopra/NASA; submitted by jshoer)

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super accommodating people weird the shit out of me and i mean i APPRECIATE the thought + heart put into it but they’re so happily like “sure use my bed! and shower! wear my clothes! we can share the shower to conserve water if you want!” and it’s just… buddy.. pal..

Important features of LEED projects

The LEED rating system is designed and to provide the best sustainability assessment according to the American and equivalent international standards addressed by LEED Reference books.
LEED projects ensure efficient use of water fixtures, conserve water condensation and utilize rainwater collected for landscape irrigation, use the water collected with gray water systems for flushing etc. LEED system importantly addresses to the facade design by considering energy efficient envelope measures, together with the selection of high performing electro-mechanical systems and compliance with the ASHRAE or USGBC approved international equivalent standards. To prevent Heat Island Effect, the roof areas are usually covered with high albedo roof materials as well as the parking area, where the project needs to use of light-colored sun reflecting materials to minimize heat island effect. Another important sustainability feature in LEED system, it encourages buildings promoting pedestrian access, a bicycle parking together with a dedicated bicycle lane connecting with mass transit system. To reduce the carbon footprint of overall building project electric vehicle charging stations are involved in many LEED projects.
Site selection is addressed essentially by LEED projects that selection of a sustainable development location within walking distance to public transport stops contributes achieving green building goals. Minimizing use of high VOC content materials improves the health and comfort of occupant indoors. The content of volatile organic compounds in chemical products such as adhesives, silicones, carpet tiles is preferred under the international limit. The design criteria according to ASHRAE 62.1 standards to ensure adequate fresh air indoors required to be provided into the spaces. The fresh air supply rate into the building, above the ASHRAE 62.1 standard, provides the building a healthy and comfortable environment for occupants. Implementing Daylighting, shading strategies makes a significant difference through the whole project design.
Many green building projects use energy modeling simulations tools to estimate the virtual or computerized performance of the building before the construction starts. Because of how much energy would be based on computer simulations of building energy-modeling service monthly spending, it emerges in the design phase of the structure. In this way, optimal solutions by analyzing energy opportunities in new or existing buildings can be selected. Local climate conditions, the sunny days of the year, humidity levels of specific environment where the building is located, electro-mechanical systems of the building, the building’s function, building envelope performance, can be simulated with computer tools by considering previously selected parameters such as the number of occupants is possible to see the results before changes to be made on the building.