Call to Action
November 17, 2014 - storage organizer
In a attribute rigourously famous as a water-energy nexus, a healthy resources are a habituated pair. Energy prolongation relies on H2O — and lots of it — while H2O collection, cleaning, relocating and storage requires vast amounts of energy.
Call it an environmental Catch-22.
To solve this conundrum, generally in an epoch of rare drought in California and meridian change everywhere, it’s going to take some critical teamwork.
“Integrated, collaborative approaches are unequivocally what we’re going to need,” pronounced eminent H2O and appetite consultant Robert Wilkinson, an accessory highbrow during UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science Management. “How can we work together on this problem and come out with wins for a environment, economics and society?”
Wilkinson’s remarks came as partial of his keynote residence during a 4th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit hold Thursday during UCSB. Collaboration was a suggestion of a day for a eventuality that has pity in a DNA — a limit was founded in 2011 as a means of convention informal stakeholders in all things sustainability to barter information and ideas.
The entertainment saw member from internal and informal supervision agencies, chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations, campuses, application companies and private courtesy meet, brew and association in a daylong comment of a problem and discussions about intensity solutions.
“The limit brings together practitioners from via a Central Coast, this year to residence appetite and water-shortage issues,” pronounced Jewel Snavely, eventuality organizer and campus sustainability coordinator for UCSB. “California is experiencing an rare drought, with a driest uninterrupted 3 years on record and stream H2O reserve exceedingly reduced. Water is on everyone’s mind and appetite and H2O are closely intertwined. This eventuality provides attendees a good event to learn about best practices in appetite and H2O government and a advantages of village choice aggregation, and to build collaborations that will assistance allege sustainability in a area.”
With a water-energy sequence as a major theme, this year’s iteration of a eco-focused get-together addressed both factors in that equation. Concurrent sessions on appetite management, H2O stewardship and tolerable record applications were bookended by keynote talks on village choice assembly and translating believe to action.
The day’s initial featured orator was State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who released a call to movement of sorts, propelling attendees toward solutions that would “maximize H2O while minimizing appetite use.”
“This is an unusually critical emanate in today’s world,” Jackson said. “And we have a public’s courtesy to a H2O crisis. The open understands that we are now in a serious drought and some thespian measures have to be taken. But out of adversity comes opportunity. Keep adult your good work.”
UCSB partners with a cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, as good as a County of Santa Barbara and a Community Environmental Council, to devise a annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit.