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When you use electricity, what do you think of? When I turn on a light, or hear the dehumidifier humming in the basement, I might think about carbon dioxide emissions, or streams that are impacted near the coal fields of my mother’s home state of West Virginia. Maybe I think about my next electric bill. But one thing that’s for certain: I think about how much water is being used with every kilowatt hour of electricity that I use.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.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.Read More
When Susie Seidelman, The Johnson Foundation's Environment Program Associate, needed to be at home to meet the meter replacement technician, I asked her to turn it into a learning adventure for us all. I think this post provides an interesting perspective as to how cities are approaching their water infrastructure.~ Lynn Broaddus
A few weeks ago, I received a letter from Milwaukee Water Works letting me know all the water meters in my neighborhood would be replaced. Read More
I invited Susie Seidelman, The Johnson Foundation's Environment Program Associate, to provide a brief glimpse of her interesting work as a fellow with PLACES, a program that helps philanthropic professionals understand and see firsthand the nexus between vulnerable and distressed communities and growth and development decisions. I’m excited about her involvement because I know that her new perspectives will help us bridge the connections between an improved environment and improved quality of life for all. ~ Lynn BroaddusRead More
If you read my last entry, you know how I'm feeling about GHG emissions, climate change, and a few of the things we're doing at home to try to reduce our energy consumption and related impacts. But the changes are not just happening at home. I've long known been intrigued with the possibilities of energy capture from sewage, but recently it seems that the concept is moving closer to a reality.Read More
January is the time of year for goal-setting and resolutions. I'm certainly no stranger to setting annual fitness goals, and through years of trial, error, and small successes I have hands-on proof of what every fitness coach or nutritionist tells his or her clients: The people who are most successful in achieving their goals are the ones who write it all down, and pay attention to the numbers. The business corollary would be something like "People pay attention to what is measured." (Didn't somebody famous say something like that?)Read More
In reflecting on the Clean Water Act's 40th anniversary this fall I wrote a number of columns about life before the Act, and why we should appreciate and continue to defend it today. In the course of doing this I enjoyed asking people what they remembered about our nation's rivers before the Clean Water Act. This triggered my uncle, Richard Harris of Charleston WV, to write me an email about the role that my grandfather (his father) played in bringing sewage treatment to the Elk River, upstream from where it enters the Kanawha River at Charleston.Read More
I love underdogs, especially ones with gumption. This is why the story of reclaiming the Los Angeles River immediately drew me in, even before I knew that it had been made into a feature film.Read More