San Diego brewery unveils beer made from 100% recycled wastewater

March 20, 2017 by  
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San Diego is aiming to to become the most environmentally sustainable city in the United States. As part of its ambitious Climate Action Plan , last year the city council unanimously approved a $3 billion initiative to recycle wastewater for drinking. Now the city is demonstrating that the pure water program can be used for just about anything, even a cold beer, by partnering with Encinitas-based craft beer maker Stone Brewery to unveil Stone Full Circle Pale Ale — a beer made with 100 percent recycled wastewater from the city’s pure water program. “Just a great example of what this is gonna be like in terms of the future and Stone who’s a huge driver of not just the craft beer industry but sustainability, that’s what our pure water program is all about,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at Stone’s Point Loma location last week, where city leaders gathered to sample the beer and talk up the pure water program. Related: San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy The wastewater recycling plan puts purified water treated at the Point Loma Water Treatment Plant back into the freshwater system rather than the ocean — providing a steady source of potable water to protect the water supply from drought and disruptions to water imports. The pure water program is expected to deliver 30 million gallons of recycled water a day within five years and 83 million gallons of drinking water per day when fully implemented in 2035 — providing one-third of the city’s freshwater supply. Stone, the largest brewery in San Diego and ninth largest in the country, produced five barrels of the beer using water trucked in from the city’s pure water demonstration plant in Miramar. “We like trial and we like testing and if we can help others jump on the same bandwagon, we would love to do that because it’s a great thing for the City of San Diego,” said Stone Chief Operating Officer Pat Tiernan. + Stone Brewery + San Diego Water Sustainability Program Via UPI Images via Wikimedia  and Twitter

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How to choose a living tree to replant after Christmas

December 8, 2016 by  
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It takes about 10 years for a Christmas tree to reach maturity, and it’s a shame to kill a tree just so it can prop up ornaments and lights for a couple of weeks. Even though many cities do an admirable job of recycling trees (or ‘treecycling’) after the holidays are over, it’s always a bit depressing to see hundreds of dried-up, tinsel-covered trees out on the curb in early January. So instead of heading out to a tree farm, you might consider bringing a live, potted tree into your home this winter. After the holidays are over, you can plant the tree in the ground again (or you can get someone else to plant it), so it can get back to sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere. Purchase a Tree from a Nursery Nurseries in most parts of the country sell young pines and fir trees, and the best way to find a tree is to call around to local nurseries and ask what’s in stock. Living trees are much heavier than cut trees (a typical 5-foot tree is about 150 pounds), so you’ll probably want to choose a slightly smaller tree than normal. Transporting a living tree is a bit trickier than a cut tree, because you’ll need to treat it more delicately. The Original Living Christmas Tree Company in Portland suggests standing it up in the trunk of a car, so that the crown is sticking out behind. Locate a Tree Rental Service If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a home for your tree after the holidays are over, a tree rental service might be a better option. Although tree rental services have been around for a few years in several cities, they aren’t available everywhere. Currently most of the live tree rental services in the country are located in California, Oregon and Washington. The Original Living Christmas Tree Company, which has been renting potted trees since 1992, is one of the oldest rental services in the country, and it offers eight different varieties for rent. In San Diego, dancing, singing elves from the Adopt A Christmas Tree company will deliver a potted tree to your front door. In most places, potted tree rentals will run from $75 to $100, but the prices vary widely. The Adopt-a-Stream Foundation in Everett, Washington, for example, offers tree rentals for just $20. In Los Angeles, prices at the Living Christmas Co. range from $25 for a tiny 2-foot allepo pine tree to more than $250 for a stately 9-foot Turkish fir. Choose a Tree that Grows Naturally in Your Region It’s important when choosing a Christmas tree to select one that grows naturally in your region so that once it’s replanted it will survive — hopefully — for many years to come. In the Pacific Northwest, Douglas fir is a good option. If you live south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you might consider Virginia pine or Eastern red cedar. And in the Northeast, a variety of pines and firs like Balsam fir, Fraser fir and white pine grow naturally. But who says all Christmas trees need to be conifers? In San Francisco, Friends of the Urban Forest and SF Environment offer non-traditional Christmas trees, like southern magnolia and small leaf tristania, which are planted on city streets after the Holidays. How To Care for a Live Tree Live trees should be treated with a bit more tenderness than a typical cut tree, because you want to make sure that it survives when it’s replanted. But you don’t need to have a green thumb to keep it alive. Just make sure it gets enough water (but not too much), and don’t leave it indoors too long. The longer you leave a tree inside the more acclimated it will become to the warm temperature. If you keep it indoors too long, it might not be hearty enough to plant outside. It’s best to keep the room that the tree is in as cool as possible, and if possible, use small LED lights and minimal ornaments so that you don’t put too much added stress on the tree. What To Do When Christmas is Over Once Christmas is over, rental services come to retrieve their trees. Some services rent the same trees every year, so in theory, if you like the tree you had last year, you could get it again this year (though it’ll be slightly taller). Others plant them after one use. If you purchase a tree from a nursery, you’ll have to deal with it yourself. There are a few options for live tree owners: you can donate the tree to a local parks department, church or school, or you can keep it an plant it yourself. If you live in a very cold climate, you’ll probably have to keep the tree in a pot until the ground thaws a bit  — just be sure to keep it outside and properly watered! Lead image (modified) © Louisa de Miranda and Flickr user Wonderlane

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San Diego’s first off-grid Passive House has its very own wind turbine

August 1, 2016 by  
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The project is located on a hilltop in Ramona, California, where temperatures are sometimes below freezing in the winter and often in excess of 100-degrees in the summer. This desert-like climate called for a solution that would include high insulation and an air-tight envelope. A heat recovery ventilation system provides optimal indoor air quality and maintains thermal efficiency. Related: Off-Grid Vacation Home In California’s Gold Country The most impressive aspect of the home is the sophisticated energy system, which is expected to eventually take the home off-grid. Currently, the house generates renewable energy and runs off a battery system, utilizing the grid only for back-up energy. Its prominent location is one of the best sites in San Diego County for harvesting wind-generated energy. A 2.3 kW, 17-foot high wind turbine was installed on a hill just above the home and is expected to generate energy almost every day in a year for a minimum of 12 hours a day. Large dual-axis trackers outfitted with 24 solar panels are expected to produce the bulk of the energy produced on site-around 44,000 kWh per year. Related: 6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA Inside the house, various energy-efficient appliances such as an induction cooktop and a heat pump dryer ensure a lower than average energy consumption. High-efficacy LED lighting is used throughout, with several control and monitoring systems providing data for energy use and generation, as well as water resource levels and water consumption. + Alliance Green Builder + Casa Aquila Photos via Luxury Homes Photography

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

June 17, 2015 by  
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As California enters the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s history, NASA estimates that 11 trillion gallons of water will be needed to recover from this arid rut. While Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a series of wide-ranging measures aimed at curbing water usage , there are efforts underway to engineer the state out of its drought. Some are fairly well-tested— desalination, for example —while others, such as William Shatner’s proposed $30 billion Seattle-Lake Mead pipeline , seem straight-up wacky. Read on to learn more about the good, the bad and the weird big-picture ideas for addressing California’s drought . Read the rest of Ten solutions to California’s drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: andes water , aqua science , aquifer , Aquifers and Wells , atmospheric water generation , bernard vonnegut , Bottled Water , california agriculture , california drought , carlsbad , chile fog , Climate Change , cloud-seeding , desalination plant , dew harvest , diagram of groundwater , drought solutions , fog catcher , fog collector , geoengineering , geoengineering drought , groundwater , groundwater solutions , hoover dam , how to fix the drought , how to solve california’s drought , how to solve the drought , humidity harvesting , ionization rain , jerry brown , lake mead , nestle california , nevada reservoir , pipelines , rain on request , san bernadino , san diego , San Francisco , Self Filling Water Bottle , silver iodide , solar desalination , Solutions for the CA drought , solutions to California’s drought , Wally Hickel , waste water , wastewater california , wastewater reuse , wastewater reycling , water treatment , WaterFX , weather manipulation , wells , william shatner

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Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo

March 19, 2014 by  
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As our closest genetic relatives, it’s no wonder that humans are fascinated by gorillas . Last week, we were captivated by the news that a baby girl gorilla was born at the San Diego Zoo. The infant gorilla, which does not yet have a name, was delivered by a rare animal Caesarean section at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. At the time, she appeared well and healthy, but updates indicate that the baby gorilla has contracted pneumonia and is receiving round-the-clock care. Read the rest of Baby Gorilla Born by Rare Emergency C-Section Fights for Life at the San Diego Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baby gorilla at san diego zoo , baby gorilla c-section , baby gorilla fighting for life , baby gorilla pneumonia , baby gorilla san diego , San Diego Zoo        

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The Caribbean has Lost 80% of its Coral Reefs According to Catlin Seaview Survey

August 1, 2013 by  
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Coral reef photo from Shutterstock Overall, the world has already lost 40% of its corals due to pollution, climate change , and overfishing. Recently the Catlin Seaview Survey found that reefs in the Caribbean have declined by an alarming 80%, creating problems for the marine ecosystem as well as the local community, which depends on tourism and natural resources to survive. The Catlin project , which commenced in September of 2012, hopes to paint a more accurate picture of how the globe’s coral reefs are faring and create a “baseline” to help future scientists work towards conservation. Read the rest of The Caribbean has Lost 80% of its Coral Reefs According to Catlin Seaview Survey Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anguilla , barbuda , belize , bermuda , California , caribbean , catlin group , catlin seaview survey , coral reef , florida , global change institute , Great Barrier Reef , mexico , ove hoegh-guldberg , san diego , scripps institute of oceanogoraphy , st. lucia , stephen catlin , the university of queensland , turks & caicos        

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The ecoATM Lets You Recycle Your Electronics for Cash on the Spot

June 12, 2013 by  
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Taking stock of your belongings, you will undoubtedly come across a hodge-podge of old or broken electronics that need to be recycled . Determining where or how to safely dispose of devices can take a substantial amount of research, and attempting to recover any sort of monetary investment can take weeks of maintaining a Cragislist ad. The ecoATM offers a quick and simple way to get some cash back for your defunct gadgets. Nominated for a 2013 Index Design Award , the kiosk can connect to your mobile device, search for the highest price on the global market, and compensate you if you agree to sell it. Read the rest of The ecoATM Lets You Recycle Your Electronics for Cash on the Spot Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , cash , Craigslist , e-Stewards , e-waste , ecoatm , electronic recycling , index design award , kiosk , r2 solutions , san diego        

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UC San Diego’s Charles David Keeling Apartments Set the Bar for Sustainable Student Housing

April 25, 2013 by  
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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

April 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Minnesota’s Mall of America may be known as the largest retail complex in the country, but it is also now home to 72,000 lady bugs!  The ladybugs were released inside the 96.4 acre mall to help tend to the complex’s 30,000 plants and trees. The plants act as a natural air filter for the mall, and the ladybugs will help protect them from aphids and other pests. Read the rest of 72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , ladybird , ladybug , Ladybug pest control , ladybugs mall of america , Mall of America , natural pest defense , natural pesticide , pesticides , sustainable design        

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The Archangel Tree Project Plants its First Cloned Redwoods in Seven Countries

April 25, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Back in January we covered the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive , a project dedicated to preserving the world’s old-growth trees by cloning them. This week, in celebration of Earth Day, the project released its archive to the world and began planting cloned trees in seven different countries – including the US. Both Oregon and California received new redwoods that may bring as much awe and wonder to new generations as the Giant Redwoods do today. Read the rest of The Archangel Tree Project Plants its First Cloned Redwoods in Seven Countries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adapting to global warming , Archangel Ancient Tree Project , Archangel tree project , cloning trees , combating global warming , David Milarch , Earth Day celebrations , Earth Day projects , genetic cloning , old growth redwoods , planting old growth redwoods for Earth Day 2013 , saving old growth redwoods , saving the forest        

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