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Waterwise gardening (Department of Environment and Resource Management)

Waterwise gardening (Department of Environment and Resource Management) | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it
Waterwise efficient gardening guides. Includes information on planting and maintaining gardens and on using greywater for gardening.

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Five Shades of Greywater: Creative Ways to Save Water

The kitchen can be a black hole when it comes to money, so let me remind you of several things to consider (or remember, since you know all of these tips already). First, buy in bulk … Read more on Shawnee News ...

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Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective

Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it

Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership has said, ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.”

 

We need to become much smarter about how we manage this precious resource and about how we collect, analyze and use water data. There are three ways we can become smarter about water management:  Instrumentation, Big Data analytics, and cooperation.

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Water Management Ideas for in  the Classroom

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:34 PM

Water consumption is another important aspect to a sustainable future. This article talks about current technology and thoughts for the future,

Here are some startling stats about how we currently use water:

Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home every day * Millions of the world’s poorest subsist on fewer than five gallons per day * 46 percent of the people on Earth do not have water piped to their homes * Women in developing countries walk an average of 3.7 miles daily to get water * In 15 years 1.8 billon people (a third of the world’s current population) will live in regions of severe water scarcity [1]

 

Lauren Moss's curator insight, May 16, 2013 9:08 PM

Many thanks to ParadigmGallery for sharing this very informative link about an increasingly urgent environmental issue...

Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:20 PM

Wonderful resource to share in the classroom! I love this quote by Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership: ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.” Something to discuss with students and open their minds to different ideas that might be able to be done in the school or home environment. This resource is great to support in explaining the water cycle with students in class. 

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Saving Metric Water is Just as Important

Saving Metric Water is Just as Important | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it

Saving water is important even if you prefer the metric system!


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Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:55 PM

Interesting facts like this one could be displayed around the classroom or used to begin a class discussion surrounding this topic and expanding on ideas to save water.

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Children's Song about SAVING WATER!!!!

'Save Water' is NOW on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/npu3sX Check out other Green songs on the album!!! Lyrics Save Water! By Nooshi Turn of the water (Drip Drop,...

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:55 PM

This is a wonderful resource to use in the classroom to allow students to begin thinking of how they might be able to save water in their home or school environments. Great discussion starter!

Emma Pails's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:33 PM

This resource is a catchy YouTube clip which talks about the importance of saving water through singing and engaging pictures. This resource would be great to use in a lover or middle primary classroom context at the beginning of a sustainability, recycling or water conservation unit of work. By showing students’ this YouTube clip would be an easy and fun way to elicit their prior knowledge, start discussions and get them thinking about how they already do or can plan to save water in both the home and school environment.

 

Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDU3OOAt6dg

 

This online resource could be used while implementing the following Australian Curriculum (2014) descriptors:

 

Foundation to Year 2 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)

 

Year 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)

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Smart Water Project to Monitor Water Cycle Management | Billions Rising

Smart Water Project to Monitor Water Cycle Management | Billions Rising | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it

We often talk about the billions needing clean drinking water and ways that self-reliant people can gain access to help themselves and their families prosper. Smart Water can take that farther.

 

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Safe Use of Household Greywater

This article explains how to properly use gray water. It is unsafe to water plants with graywater from dishwashers because of the chemicals which are harmful. It explains that permits are often required before building gray water systems because of the risks of inappropriately using gray water which could hurt the environment and defeats the purpose of reclamation. It also explains how to treat gray water and what kind of gray water systems are appropriate for households based on certain questions.


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Gray Water Reuse

Gray Water Reuse | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it
Gray water, grey water, or greywater from the shower, lavatory and kitchen sink can be routed to a leach field, a waterway with hyacinths or other biodegrading plants, a dry well/French drain application, or even a decorative planting bed.

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5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought

5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it
If droughts are here to stay, it's time to start planning gardens that can handle the heat. Find out what water-saving vegetables to plant and how to plant them here.

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:29 PM

Great information to consider if creating a sustainable garden at school. 

Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, March 4, 2014 6:52 AM

This website provides great information to create a water-saving vegetables patch. This would be a fantastic unit to include in the classroom and could be something that could continue throughout the year by using different vegetables. Children could be nominated as gardener within the weekly jobs chart.

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/how-to-have-bountiful-water-saving-garden-time-drought.html

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments (ACTDEK021)

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How do I Build a Raingarden? - Designing a Raingarden | Raingardens

How do I Build a Raingarden? - Designing a Raingarden | Raingardens | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it
All about rain garden design and how to build your own rain garden. Provides simple steps to the easiest and cheapest way to design and build your own water saving rain garden.

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Roberta Lanfranco's curator insight, January 31, 2013 2:38 AM

Beautiful idea

Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:55 PM

Designing and creating a rain garden at school would be a great project for students to be involved in!

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7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste

As water supplies face mounting pressures from growing populations, climate change, and an already troubled food system, analyses of "water wealth" and "water security" are laying the groundwork for future cooperation and stability. In order to meet all municipal, agricultural, and ecological needs for water, it is crucial to develop innovative water saving systems for the future of food production.

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:31 PM

Another wonderful resource! These strategies could be the basis of a challenge created for students where they are required to document how they can reducing water waste their own way.

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Cotton with special coating collects totally pure water from desert fog

Cotton with special coating collects totally pure water from desert fog | Education for a Sustainable Future | Scoop.it

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) researchers together with researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), have developed a special treatment for cotton fabric that allows the cotton to absorb exceptional amounts of water from misty air: 340% of its own weight. What makes this 'coated cotton' so interesting is that the cotton releases the collected water by itself, as it gets warmer. This property makes of the coated cotton materials a potential solution to provide water to the desert regions, for example for agricultural purposes. 

 

The researchers applied a coating of PNIPAAm, a polymer, to the cotton fabric. At lower temperatures, this cotton has a sponge-like structure at microscopic level. Up to a temperature of 34°C it is highly hydrophilic, in other words it absorbs water strongly. Through this property the cotton can absorb 340 % of its own weight of water from misty air – compared with only 18% without the PNIPAAm coating. Totally pure water In contrast, once the temperature raises the material becomes hydrophobic or water-repellant, and above 34°C the structure of the PNIPAAm-coated cotton is completely closed. When these high temperatures are reached the cotton has released all the absorbed water, which is totally pure. The research shows that this cycle can be repeated many times.


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Team's curator insight, November 3, 2014 5:48 PM
odileseconde peau hydratante
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seconde peau hydratante

Ronan Delisle's comment, November 4, 2014 8:49 AM
Matériau qui capte l'humidité de l'air ambiante. Application pour l'hydratation. Mime le mécanisme de transpiration. Va dans le scope des materiaux qui captent l'humidité de l'air. Application dans l'hydratation. peut-être en tant que matériau, ou faire des masques. Peut remplacer la glycerine. Materiau de surface. Avoir des vrais matériaux qui maintiennent l'humidité. Questions : voir si ça ne pompe pas l'eau de la peau. Maintenir une atmosphère humide sans assecher la peau. Plutôt un masque ou dépot. Transformer ça en charge, divisé pour être mis en formule. Le concept au délà de cette technologie mais de collecter l'humidité ambiante pour exploitation hydratation