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Posted by Chris Meyer on Mar 22, 2019 9:18:00 AM

Water for All: Ways Businesses Can Reduce Their Water Usage

By Chris Meyer  |  March 22 , 2019

The fact that clean water will readily flow from the faucet is a given in the developed world. In developing countries, though, finding potable water is often a daily struggle.

That’s why today, World Water Day, is dedicated to “tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.” And one of those reasons is the rate at which businesses and individuals in the developed world use water.

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, “If the entire global population had the water habits of the average European or North American, we would need about three and a half Earths to sustain us.”

As gloomy as that may sound, the good news is, there’s no shortage of products, education, and new technology that our businesses can leverage to conserve the water supply.

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Topics: water conservation, sustainability, facility maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on Mar 22, 2017 1:33:00 PM

Wastewater – Rethinking How We View Our Water Resources

By: Briana Smith  |  March 22, 2017

It’s World Water Day – a day to reflect on our own water use while recognizing the world’s water crisis.

As Americans, we often take our abundance of clean water for granted. With the exception of the Flint, Michigan water crisis and regional droughts, most people in the United States give no further thought to their water source past the tap. In contrast, according to UN-Water, “Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.”1

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Topics: water conservation, recycling, sustainability, facility maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on Apr 18, 2013 12:30:00 PM

100 Tips to Help Property Professionals Go Green for Earth Day

List Compiled By: Keith Schneringer  |  April 18, 2013

April 22 is Earth Day, and you may be thinking about ways to commemorate this day at your building.  In an effort to raise awareness of sustainability-related ideas on this day, it is worth revisiting the 100 Tips for Earth Day for Property Management Professionals which was originally created by BOMA International. 

These tips can be utilized to make going green a priority at your property on Earth Day (and can in turn help to make every day Earth Day in 2013)!

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Topics: Earth Day, property professionals, water conservation, indoor air quality, recycling, sustainability

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 31, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Microfiber Technology and It's Return On Investment

By: BJ Mandelstam  |  January 31, 2013

Twenty years after microfiber's debut and success throughout Europe, the United States is still slowly embracing microfiber technology. Often, it's a product that is misunderstood, underutilized and considered too expensive. Despite these perceptions, studies show that microfiber technology makes for a cost-effective cleaning tool that can reduce labor hours and dollars from the bottom line.

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Topics: productivity, water conservation, microfiber, sustainability, cleaning tips

Posted by Briana Smith on Jan 4, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Ideas for Incorporating Sustainability into Your New Year's Resolutions

By: Keith Schneringer  |  January 4, 2013

Happy New Year!

You did it – you survived the holidays and the New Year has begun!

As you get back into the routine at the office, you may be excited to have already resolved to do some things a bit differently in 2013 – or perhaps you have made a New Year’s Resolution is to stay far away from any resolutions. 

No matter what description above best fits your mood at the beginning of this year, please read on for a few suggestions to help you to incorporate sustainability into your routine in 2013. 

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Topics: water conservation, recycling, sustainability

Posted by Briana Smith on Dec 13, 2012 12:30:00 PM

Water Conservation Tips: Winter – Best Time to Make Landscaping Plans

By Briana Smith  |  December 13, 2012

Water conservation during the winter? It’s actually the perfect time to research and map out the best way to tackle outside water conservation goals that can then be implemented in the spring.

There are many ways to be water wise in regards to landscaping either at home or the outside spaces at work. With excellent planning, proper installation & general maintenance your low water landscaping can look beautiful & be functional. Don’t forget to check with your local city/county office, as some offer rebates for water conservation-landscaping.

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Topics: water conservation, sustainability, facility maintenance

Posted by Briana Smith on Oct 11, 2012 11:30:00 AM

15 Water Conservation Tips

October 11, 2012

Tips for use at home or at the office

1. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
2. Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air cooled appliances for significant water savings.
3. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
4. Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
5. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

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Topics: water efficient, water conservation, sustainability, restroom supplies