Posted in City Council, desalination, Environment, Green Living, Huntington Beach, water, tagged Build it Green, Central Park, economy, green, Huntington Beach, infrastructure, interview, Keith Bohr, Kettler school, Larry Agran, LEEDS, Makar, Poseidon, senior center, water, water privatization on May 21, 2009|
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Note: This is another segment of an interview with Huntington Beach mayor Keith Bohr, conducted in November, 2008.
Water Conservation in Huntington Beach.
Q: What are some specific things we can do in Huntington Beach to conserve water?
Mayor Keith Bohr, Huntington Beach, California
Well you start with education before you make it a law. Don’t water down your driveways, sweep them. Do your sprinklers every other day. Only do them for five minutes.
People already know that. Right? They’ve been educated about that.
There’s still room for a ton of improvement. I’m trying to educate my gardener still. It’s a constant battle. What they’re doing with groundwater replenishment, that’s huge. A huge expense and I think it’s been well worth it. Don’t go make it salt water and try to desal it. Let’s capture it early. Put it in, let it filter itself through the whole normal process basically. I say do all three prongs. But then as we get closer, mandatory; it’s the law, you get fines if you get caught watering your driveway down. If you have a swimming pool like I do you can’t change that water but once every five years. You end up going on a shared water system and you get punished like on an electric bill.
Do you think there’s any chance of getting that passed on this new city council?
I would like to maximize the education and figure out how the gap relates on those tiers, like how many kids and people are in your household. You have to do several things to hit different baselines. If you have six kids obviously you should use more water than somebody who has no kids…When I lived in a condo for 15 years I had an electric bill of $15. Then I moved into a house where’s it’s several hundred and I go `holy schmoley, what’s going on?’ I went to fluorescents. So you pay attention. So the tier system would help incentify that, right? You think that water’s cheap. It is. You think of water, it’s something that’s so fragile and so scarce, it is…So it makes you wonder why it isn’t already more incentified. So I think that one of the things that we absolutely are going to. I don’t know if that’s going to happen on our term or not, but we need to start looking at that, absolutely. (more…)
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Posted in Environment, Green Living, tagged Entropy Surfboards, Environment, epoxy resin, foam, green, green surfing, Hawaiian, Huntington Beach, Ice-Nine, lifestyle, ocean, paulownia wood, polyurethane, Santa Monica, surfboards, surfing, VOCs, volatile organic chemicals, waves, wetsuit on April 24, 2009|
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By Sara Mosko
Surfing might seem like an earth-friendly sport, but a closer look reveals that the environmental impact may be more than you realize. Photo c1967 at Old Man’s Beach, San Clemente, California.
At first glance, surfing might seem like an inherently earth-friendly sport. Surfers paddle out and catch waves by sheer force of will and muscle. No need for fossil fuel-burning speed boats to get around. And, surfers have a reputation for caring about ocean pollution.
But a closer look reveals that, like most human activities, the environmental impact is far from nil and, consequently, there’s a nascent movement within the surfing industry to clean up it its act.
The bare necessities of surfing are surfboard, wetsuit, good waves and wheels to and fro. The waves are courtesy of Mother Nature, but the choices surfers make to otherwise outfit themselves determine the toll on the environment.
Lightweight polyurethane (PU) boards swathed in fiberglass cloth and polyester resin have been the industry mainstay since heavy wood boards were ditched in the 1950s. Because both PU and polyester are petrochemicals, the enviro impact starts with environmental degradation during petroleum extraction.
Then there’s the emission of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) during PU synthesis from two petrochemicals-a ‘polyol’ plus a highly volatile and toxic compound called TID. The foam molding stage eats up plenty of energy and more air polluting VOCs are given off when the board is glassed. (more…)
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