How to Green a Burrito or Fresh-Mex Restaurant: Top 10 Sustainable Strategies

Want to green your Fresh-Mex or burrito place?  There are some sustainable strategies unique to both restaurants in general and those which serve cuisine like burritos, tacos, and nachos.  Here are the top 10: Organi-fy your staples. Beans and rice are a staple on most Mexican/Fresh-Mex menus, and represent the grand majority of the calories you’ll be delivering. The great news is that this is an easy thing to get organic without breaking the bank. At our local food co-op,…

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California Drought Presents Water Innovation Opportunities

The catastrophic drought in California, one of the richest regions of the world, is a crisis for householders, farmers and industry, but it could prove to be a great spur for water innovation. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune,” Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar, Act IV. It is drought and not flood which is making the headlines in California at the moment, but the US state’s water woes…

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Flotation Centers: Water-Wasting Trend or Eco-Opportunity?

One can rarely predict the market. Whoever plays the entrepreneurs’ game is usually running a gamble and it’s at an expensive cost when you consider what’s at stake. Some of the biggest environmental tragedies of the last twenty years involve risky actions of oil companies that have caused irreparable damage to some of the areas that tourists once traveled hundreds of miles to see. What’s to be done when the almighty dollar controls so much of what we do? The…

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How Activated Carbon is Providing Clean Water in Developing Countries

While the developed world takes access to clean, safe water for granted, developing countries are not so lucky. According to a January 2015 article on Wired.com, a shocking 2.5 billion people, or 40% of the global population, lack adequate sanitation. Roughly half of all hospital patients in the developing world are suffering from illnesses related to sanitation, and 1.5 million children die from food or waterborne diseases each year. Fortunately, new research is constantly underway in the global effort to…

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Smarter Solar Irrigation Model Uses Centralized Solar, Distributed Pumps

In rural areas of Senegal, getting water for irrigating crops often comes with a hefty price tag, not only in terms of the cost to buy the fuel for it (about $1 per day for an average gas-powered irrigation pump), and the time necessary to procure it from the nearest gas station (which could be an hour away by car), but also in regards to the polluting emissions of the pumps themselves, which are not clean-burning or very efficient. Because…

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Eco-Opportunity: Water Management Technology to Reduce Virtual Water

Depending on where you live, the increasing pressure on water supplies may not be immediately obvious, and the effects of water scarcity may not be evident, but in many places around the world, it’s already affecting residents, communities, and businesses. And while it’s certainly wise to conserve water at home, the bulk of our water use globally is for agriculture (70%) and industry (20%), and because we don’t see how much water it takes to grow that apple (70 liters)…

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Water Sustainability: Is Your Business Ahead of the Curve?

Originally published on SIWI by Jens Berggren. Roughly 80% of all water withdrawn globally is used to produce goods or services for exchange (commercial purposes1). When it comes to tackling global water challenges, the private sector holds the keys to change the game. The Stockholm Industry Water Award is presented each year at the World Water Week in Stockholm. It recognizes achievements of businesses leading the way towards sustainable water management, by developing and implementing transformative, innovative and sustainable ways…

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Free Tool Quantifies Water Scarcity Risks for Businesses

In a time when we’re experiencing an increasingly drier climate, with a booming population and growing demand on water supplies, water scarcity is a very real risk, not only to individuals and communities, but also to businesses that require water in their operations. Water is all too often undervalued and the market price is very different from its true costs, especially for businesses. Because of this, the forecasted financial risks to businesses that depend on regular access to clean water…

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