With only a couple days left of the London 2012 Olympic Games, we have seen plenty of athletes striving for gold but this Olympics could be the one remembered for its unrivalled drive for green – the environment, that is. London 2012 will go down as the most sustainable Olympics yet, however anything less would have been unacceptable. Here’s why:
Several years ago swimming pools were seen as a liability in times of water shortage, but today pool builders are adopting innovation to create sustainable swimming havens. Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Queensland Swimming Pool and Spa Association‘s (SPASA) Awards for Excellence Gala Ceremony to present the awards for the Sustainable Pools category.
The 2011 savewater! awards® are upon us! Tonight, we will recognise and reward some inspirational water savers from categories in business, government, schools, local communities. A highlight of the savewater! awards® each year is the Photographic Competition, designed to recognise creative talent by capturing water conservation imagery as the key focus, and welcomes photographers from across the globe to submit their photographs. It attracts hundreds of high quality entries from around the globe in three categories: Junior, Senior, and Open.
Did you know that 85% of assessed river reaches are classified as significantly modified in terms of environmental features and will continue to deteriorate, according to the Australian Catchment, River and Estuary Assessment? In line with this year’s National Water Week Theme healthy catchments, healthy communities, we have put together some handy tips to make sure that you are doing your bit to keep our waterways healthy:
Hampton Public School is the winner of the $2,000 promotion associated with the launch of savewater!®‘s online educational resources. The money will significantly help fund improvements to the small school of two teachers and twenty-six students. The educational resources are still available so it’s not too late for teachers to get their students involved and go into the draw for a chance to win $2,000 for your school.
What is a mosquito’s favourite sport? Skin-Diving! But seriously, mosquitoes in your rainwater tank is no joke. Even modern, well maintained rainwater tanks can get those little biters in there. If you believe that there is something in the water, here are some helpful tips to mosquito proof your rainwater tank this weekend:
Last month we named the laundry as the second largest consumer of water in the home. Now it’s time to talk about the room that takes the cake as the #1 water guzzling villain – bathrooms!
For the ultimate green date, putting on a ‘green shirt’, possibly made of hemp or heading to the nearest organic restaurant just won’t cut it. There are many simple ways which you can have an easy, eco-friendly date on a budget. Here are some great earth-friendly ideas for you try this weekend.
Here at the ripple effect we have already sussed out how you can find a leak by checking your water meter and looked at how to repair a dripping tap, but now it’s time to tackle the one where all the big business happens, the trusty (or not so trusty) toilet.
With snow capping many peaks around Australia right now, we ask the question… are you heading to the snow this weekend? As global warming continues to take effect, less and less snow is available. Why not help make sure the snow is there to enjoy for years to come by reducing your own carbon footprint on your wonderful winter wonderland weekend away? These simple tips will help you become a ‘green’ snow bunny.