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June 13, 2017
"Think of water as a recyclable asset" - Emilio Tenuta. Rainwater Harvesting provides a sustainable solution to water conservation and reusability.

"Business as usual will lead to a 40 percent gap in supply demand of water by 2030," said Emilio Tenuta, vice president of corporate sustainability at Ecolab. However, despite water conservation projects, since 2011, corporate water use has declined only by 10 percent.

According to Tenuta, if the world is to address the pressing issue of water quality scarcity, "we're going to have to create partnerships that accelerate change and reinvent the way we work." 

Success and resilience in a water quality constrained world will require ingenuity and collaboration to go beyond conservation to...

May 15, 2017

 

Many commercial buildings will find cost effective benefits in rainwater harvesting. Any building with a large square foot roof, and high demand for non-potable water, is a top priority candidate for rainwater harvesting.

In some commercial circumstances, more than half of the water used each day can be replaced with rainwater. This amount includes flushing toilets, laundry, grounds maintenance, irrigation and vehicle washes. Where the majority of use is for industrial process or cooling water the savings would be even greater. Rainwater makes good sense to commercial property managers because: In some circumstances rainwater harvesting makes development permit worthy under EPA stormwater control requirements. U.S. ground water resources have been declining and the cost of water is on the rise. Captured water is free for the taking Drought has become the continuing climate across the U.S. and development of commercial property has been inhibited, and management of what is built more difficult, as a result. Unlike groundwater, rainwater is not hard water. Absent chemicals and minerals prevents corrosion and scale on equipment and...
March 24, 2017
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March 22, 2017
When it comes to energy concerns, oil and water do mix.

With oil prices stabilizing in response to recent OPEC production cuts, drilling activity in the U.S. is again on the rise. As competition heats up in the most prolific production areas in the U.S., investors are trying to determine which companies will separate themselves from the pack. But water scarcity may prove more of a hindrance during this oil commodity cycle upswing than many expect, and companies dependent on growth in water-stressed regions may find themselves unable to deliver promised growth to investors.

How much water is too much?

Much of the growth in U.S. production in the past decade has been due to two technological advancements in drilling and completion technology: directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Simply put, directional drilling...

January 24, 2017

When he nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA director, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as energy secretary and Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, many perceived that Donald Trump put down his marker for fossil fuels and against renewables.

Yet in their confirmation hearings, they went out of their way to distance themselves from that notion. Tillerson was upbeat about the U.S. stepping up on renewables. Pruitt said climate change was not a hoax and indicated general support for renewables. Perry disavowed his position in the 2012 election that the Department of Energy should be abolished, and cast doubt on reports the Trump administration intended to defund the Department of Energy office of Renewable Energy and Efficiency.

So where does that leave us? Should we be bearish on the near-term future of clean energy? Hardly. Of the many forces influencing it, national politics is not one of the stronger ones. The Trump administration may have little interest in decarbonization, but markets have a great deal of interest in it. Based on the signals it has sent so far, the administration seems to have...

December 15, 2016

Biologists at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute carried themselves with a palpable enthusiasm Monday.

It's not every day you get to show off a new 14,000-square-foot home.

Aquarium employees and volunteers got a sneak peak of the institute's new building that formally opens today adjacent to the Baylor School campus.

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November 16, 2016
Are companies prepared for $14 billion in water risk?   The financial impact of water risk in 2016 has grown by more than five times since last year, but most companies aren’t moving fast enough to disclose and protect themselves from the damage of drought, waterway pollution and flood.

In 2016 alone, companies around the world may be facing $14 billion of water-related impacts from drought, flooding and increased water stress exacerbated by climate change, the cost of pollution and increased environmental regulation — compared with $2.6 billion in 2015.

The data was culled by CDP in its new report, "Thirsty Business: Why Water is Vital to Climate Action," presented at CDP’s Global Water Forum at COP22 in Marrakesh. CDP’s seven-year-old water program works with 643 institutional investors, representing $67 trillion in assets, to inform investments for a greener future.

More companies than ever have shown concern for water risk: 607 companies responded to CDP in...

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