Landscape maintenance and irrigation are the biggest users of water in the United States. Efficient irrigation systems and water management practices can reduce the impact of irrigated production on offsite water quality, while conserving water for growing consumer demands, according to Steve Creech VP of the Wyland Foundation—a non-profit environmental group campaigning to reduce pollution and increase conservation in preparation of climate changes in American communities.
Conserve water. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy partners with The Wyland Foundation to urge water conservation. “Conserving water means conserving energy. It takes a lot of energy to pump treat and heat water.”
Reduce food waste. Nearly 3.3 billion tons of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere by food waste annually. The Wyland Foundation and climate scientists recommend buying local (list of local markets), or growing your own garden. The Wyland Foundation teamed with Saddleback College to create this informative drought resistant garden how-to video.
Eat less meat. One of the largest carbon polluters is cattle farming. The Wyland Foundation partnered with chefs around the country to create sustainable recipes. Going meatless just one day each week can save 175kg of CO2 a year. Try Meatless Monday. And follow @MyWaterPledge on Twitter for recipes and other conservation tips.
Spare the air. An interesting program called Spare the Air in the SF Bay Area alerts residents when pollution reaches unsafe levels, and the local news reporters spread the word with their “Spare the Air Day: take transit, ride bikes, or walk” alerts.
Last Earth Month, residents from over 3,600 cities across the U.S. took the annual National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. The challenge encourages businesses, families, and students to rethink how they use water at home, at work, and in the community by making a series of simple pledges online at mywaterpledge.com. Participating residents from cities with the most pledges are entered to win a range of eco-friendly prizes. For more information go to wylandfoundation.org