Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pretending to care is almost like really caring!

The Mission:
Help the NHTI campus save water, save money, and plant more trees!
How? You may be asking yourself. What is it that I can do? I am but flesh and blood…. one person on this planet…… Fear not Brave souls! For the answer lies at your feet.
Ask yourself these few simple questions
Do you take 20 minutes showers????
Do you leave the water running while you brush your teeth????
Do you walk by a sink that is dripping and not correct the issue?????
Reduce the water consumption on campus through the month of March. Use the money saved to plant Trees that will shade your deserving souls….. Then smile because you now know the truth. Pretending to care is Almost like really caring.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Un-Fun Facts

For the first time in history, humanity must face the risk of unintentionally destroying the foundations of life on Earth. The global scientific consensus is that if the current levels of environmental deterioration continue, the delicate life-sustaining qualities of this planet will collapse. -- Daniel Sitarz, editor, Agenda 21 (1994)

  • · Half the world lives on less than $2 a day.
  • The USA's electricity consumption per capita is 12,343.098 kWh per year and 71.4 % of that electricity is generated via fossil fuel. Australia's consumption is 10,252.432 kWh per capita, with 90.8 % fossil fuel dependent. German consumption is 6,366.428 kWh per capita with only 61.8 % of that fossil fuel generation dependent. (NationMaster)
  • Vast destruction of the world's forests is contributing to the spread of the world's deserts, increasing the loss of biodiversity and hampering the ability of the Earth's atmosphere to cleanse itself.
  • The food we eat now typically travels between 1,500 and 3,000 miles from farm to our dinner plate. The distance had increased by up to 25 percent between 1980 and 2001. Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
  • National average for all uses on a yearly basis: 183 gpcd (gallons per capita daily) (http://www.ci.oswego/)
  • Below is a list of common water uses and the average amount used for each.
  • Toilet Flush 3 to 7 Gallons
  • Shower 25 to 50 Gallons
  • Hand Washing 2 Gallons (with tap running)
  • Brushing Teeth2 Gallons (with tap running)
  • Outdoor Watering 5 to 10 Gallons per Minute
  • Automatic Dishwashing 10 Gallons
  • Dishwashing By Hand 20 Gallons
  • Tub 36 Gallons
  • On the average nationwide, 183 gallons of water is treated for each person every day.

Below is a breakdown of how that water is used.
Residential Use:

  • Bathing, Cooking, Washing, etc.70Gallons
  • Industrial Use: Factories 50 Gallons
  • Office BuildingsCommercial Use: 35 Gallons
  • Hospitals, Restaurants, SportsPublic Use 10: Gallons
  • Parks, Fighting Fires Lost or Unaccounted for Water 18 Gallons


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The following is my first attempt at getting in touch with the head of dorm activities in attempts to establish a water conservation awareness initiative for the month of March.

I was pointed in you direction from Melanie Kirby in respects to a proposed water conservation project I am trying to initiate. My aim is to start an awareness campaign in the three dorms on campus to try and promote water conservation in these buildings through the month of March. I have collected the sewer and water billing data from the previous year and intend on comparing this years bill with the historical one.
The reason I am contacting you is to seek your approval and perhaps some guidance as to the best way to reach the students living in these dorms. If I have reached you in error I apologize if not any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Braden Drypolcher

Wednesday, February 4, 2009