It’s been an intense 24 hours. My version of election day 2016 began with waking up at 4:45 am in order to dress, make coffee, walk the dogs, and get out the door in time to arrive at the polls by 6:00 am. I wasn’t there to vote, having done so the previous Friday. I was there to work.
Last week I had the opportunity to deliver one of the key note addresses to the 600+ attendees at the Onsite Wastewater Mega-Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Until Eric Casey, who runs the National of Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA), invited me to speak to the group I wasn’t very familiar with it or its work despite the fact that 25% or more of U.S. homes are served by onsite sewage treatment, generally in… Read More
My guess is that you’re probably pretty comfortable with the flush toilet. Having a clean, operational toilet and the privacy that comes with it is something you probably take for granted, right? The flush toilet long ago revolutionized the way we live, and was part of the advances in human health and sanitation that lengthened our lifespan and facilitated urban growth. It solved a number of society’s problems, but as we face… Read More
Who says sustainability is bad for the bottom line? It was Wisconsin’s own Sen. Gaylord Nelson, most famously known as the founder of Earth Day, who correctly stated, “The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.” In other words, if you think big enough, there is only one balance sheet, and that’s the one for the planet as a whole. When one of us supposedly… Read More
Two weeks ago at this time I was saying good-bye to a small group of experts who had gathered at Wingspread to discuss the ways that our country’s water infrastructure could provide solutions to some of the challenges that lie ahead, especially those tied to a changing climate. Little did I know that three days later, on Earth Day 2013, our colleagues at NRDC and American Rivers would release what may be the most… Read More
This morning’s news made mention that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions continue to decrease. This is extremely welcome news, but we can hardly consider the job done. There is much work ahead, and all sectors need to be part of the solution. We’ve long known that energy efficiency and conservation, as well as shifts to renewable energy sources are critical pathways toward climate stability. But today about two dozen experts from across the… Read More
On the waterfront – isn’t that where we all want to be? Riverfront, lakefront, oceanfront: this is always the most desirable, highest value real estate there is. We love to gaze upon it, swim in it, and fish its depths. Our lives, our businesses, and our souls depend on it. Why, then, aren’t we doing more to make sure that we’ll be able to count on it for generations to come? Actually, a group of national… Read More