In the past, Conservation Coaches present informational facts on the environment and many ways on how to conserve energy and water. The audience, ranges from young children to adults; each and every one showing an interest in what was being said. Anisah Rodgers has only presented to younger children, however, they surprised her. Read on to learn more about Anisah's experience presenting to The Creek Youth Center!
We’ve all heard of the coral reefs in recent years. The Great Barrier Reefs have been under extreme stress recently due to the negative effects of climate change like warmer waters and more acidic oceans. Recently, large portions of the Reefs have been wiped out, bleached to the point where no large lifeforms exist anymore. Michelle Lee has researched about one solution that can help save the Reefs. Read on the learn more!
Often while conducting outreach for Walnut Creek Saves, we are asked about energy and water conservation outside of the Walnut Creek area. Climate change and its impact is a big topic not only within the Walnut Creek Saves work-sphere, but for everyone in daily, work, and school life, too. So it’s always best for us to stay updated on all things energy and water, to do the best thing for ourselves, and the future of the planet. Lorcan McSharp's deep dive this week is related to Australia’s growing wind and energy storage industry.
As of 2014, California was considered in a state of extreme drought. Luckily, most of California is out of severe drought conditions with the exception of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Although California is not in a D3 extreme drought conditions, saving as much water as possible is still a smart idea. There are several ways as to why a sustainable garden would positively impact the environment, but the most compelling would be the amount of water that will be saved, utilizing surroundings to compost, and using native plants to create a picturesque landscape.
Whether you have luscious locks of hair or a few precious strands, we have all at one point or another used a hair dryer. They are simple enough machines that heat our hair causing evaporation of the water. But have you ever taken into consideration the amount of money that that heat is costing you? For those of you who use a hair dryer every day, now may be a good time to look at how much energy you are using versus how much energy you need!
Not only does Walnut Creek Saves promote water and energy savings in your homes, but we spread awareness about water and energy saving measures used around the world. We help residents learn about fossil fuels, recycling, and pollution. In today’s day and age, Americans create, on average, four and a half pounds of garbage each day. Recycling and waste management companies rid our homes of this waste, but for all garbage that doesn’t end up in landfills, they end up as litter on roads and in the ocean.
Cars are vehicles that let us go from place to place in an efficient manner. The technology for switching from a gas to electric car is already here, and you need to know which one is right for you! In today’s day and age, electric cars (also known as EVs) come in many shapes and sizes, with different brands such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Chevrolet, BMW, Kia, the infamous Tesla, as well as many more!
One of the goals for Walnut Creek Saves is providing high schoolers with work experience that will help them as they move into the workforce. The job teaches students skills, meeting etiquette, blog/article writing, and sales tactics (even though we aren’t technically selling anything - our consultations are free!). Read more about what Lorcan McSharp is learning from his time as a Conservation Coach with Walnut Creek Saves.
Though the Bay Area has technically been drought free since April of 2017, California has constantly been looking for new ways to improve water availability. Seeing the success of the Carlsbad desalination plant in San Diego, which has provided about 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water daily for over 400,000 people in the county, California has finally received funds to construct eight new plants throughout the state, including in the Bay Area.
Clarissa Drouillard has heard many people say that children are the future of this planet. Going along with that philosophy, she is glad that she had the chance to educate a group of bright middle school students on energy and water conservation. Spreading awareness of our impact on the environment is vital, even if changes are happening one light bulb at a time. What we teach the youth now could influence them for a long time!