Mind Your Water! (And Ours Too…)

Water DropletThis summer CLP is having a lecture series about water conservation.  We have partnered with some wonderful organizations to bring in speakers to talk about different aspects of this topic. 

The Black and Gold City Goes Green speaker was here on June 15th and gave us ways to personally use water more responsibly to have a positive impact on the Pittsburgh area.  If you missed this talk, try these books to guide you on your way to better use of our most important liquid natural resource…

The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-savings Guide to Everything in Your Life by Thomas M. Kostigen –  This book spells it all out.  It lists exactly how much water is used to grow, manufacture, and accomplish everything that we humans consume, use, and do.  Want to know how much water is used to grow raspberries versus blueberries?  What about making an eraser or a pillow?  How much a commercial hot tub requires every time it is filled?  All of this and more, including a quiz for figuring out your water footprint, is included in this book.

Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground edited by CleoDam with water behind Woelfle-Erskine, July Oskar Cole, and Laura Allen – This book is a collections of stories, first of the history of water over usage and how we got to where we are today, and then of how people in various areas have started grassroots campaigns and plans for water conservation in their locations.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired by their stories to make a change of your own in our community.

On Saturday, July 17 from 3:00-4:00 PM, Juliette Jones, Education Specialist of Sustainable Programs at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, will speak about water conservation as it relates to your garden and lawn care.  Learn about particular plants, ways to landscape, and other methods that can help you reduce the amount of water you use.  If you are interested in this topic, try these items…

Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping: Cut Your Utility Bills by Up to 30 Percent and Create a Natural, Healthy Yard by Anne Simon Moffat, Marc Schiler, and the Staff of Green Living –  Examples of energy efficient landscapes for every type of climate are included in this book, along with a whole chapter on low maintenance water efficient landscapes, and basic landscaping design planning.

Flood waters on signRain Gardens: Managing Water Sustainability in the Garden and Designed Landscape by Nigel Dunnett and Andy Clayden – This idea generating book starts with an explanation of why rain gardens are a great idea, moves along to design plans and site surveying, and then finishes with a water saving plant directory so you can select the plants, grasses, shrubs, and trees for your water efficient garden.

Renovation Nation: Learn How to Save Water, Save Money with Steve Thomas – This DVD shows ways to collect rainwater, and other green household innovations.

Then, on Tuesday, July 20 from 6:00-7:30 PM, representatives from Nine Mile Run Watershed Association will be here to tell us about the importance of watersheds and how we can keep our local watershed healthy.  For more information on this and other water related environmental issues, check these out…

Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America by Chris Wood – Chilling examples of how the impending water shortage will affect communities on our continent are laid out in this informative book. Did you know that eventually the US will be getting less water but Canada will get more?  The political impact of this water crisis is also explored.

From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers by ChadWater with dead trees Pregracke – This man’s journey to clean up the Mississippi reads like a Mark Twain adventure.  Starting with only his resolve to make a difference, he eventually received the support of the river folk as well as the media and even corporate sponsors.  His tale of change is inspiring to say the least.

Water, The Final Resource: How the Politics of Water Will Impact on the World by William Houston & Robin Griffiths – The authors in this book examine the reasons for the world’s water challenges, identify actions that help change the expected future outcomes of water shortages, and examine how this will affect relationships between countries around the world.

All of these lectures will be held in the Quiet Reading Room on the First Floor of the Main Library in Oakland.  For more information call 412.622.3151 or visit the events page at http://www.carnegielibrary.org/events/.  We look forward to seeing you, and our water resources do, too!


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