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Community Partners Meeting September

  1. 1. Cassandra McKinney – Director, Green Economy and Sustainable Water Center9/12/2012 1
  3. 3. 60% of your body70% of your brain80% of your blood
  4. 4. While you can survive almost a month without food…
  5. 5. You can’t survive one week without water!
  6. 6. The Great Lakes contain one-fifth of the worlds fresh surface water. Lake Michigan is the third largest Great Lake by surface area and the sixth largestfreshwater lake in the world.
  7. 7. Impervious Surfaces Urban Sprawl Irrigation Overuse
  8. 8.  Less than ¼ of Americans know where their water comes from.  How about how its used…?
  9. 9. One 0.3 pound burger requires: 660 Gallons of Water
  10. 10. 1 pound of Chocolate requires: 3,170 Gallons of WaterEach pound of dark chocolate is 40 percent cocoa paste, 20 percent coca butterCocoa paste has a water footprint of 3,993.8 gallons of water for 1 pound chocolateCocoa butter has a water footprint of 6,091.7 gallons of water for 1 pound
  11. 11. 2.2 pounds of Refined Sugar requires: 396 Gallons of Water
  12. 12. 1 cup of coffee requires: 37 gallons of water1 gallon of coffee requires: 880 gallons of water If everyone in the world drank a cup of coffee each morning, it would “cost” about 32 trillion gallons of water a year
  13. 13. The standardwashing machineuses 40 gallons of water per load.
  14. 14. A home car wash can go through 80 to 140 gallonsIn the summer, about half of our water uses goes to watering our lawn and garden. An open faucet or hose can pour out 530 gallons an hour
  15. 15. “Water is crucial for the economy.Virtually every industry from agriculture, electric power and industrial manufacturing to beverage, apparel, and tourism relies on it to grow and ultimately sustain their business.” Pacific Institute, Water Scarcity & Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses and Investors
  16. 16.  2000-2009 World Water Conflicts Drought and water inequities spark killings in India (2009)Terrorists Target Water Systems (2002) Water clashes Mexican farmers kill 40 in Kenya shot in duel over and Ethiopia spring (2004) (2006) Information from the Pacific Institute:
  17. 17. Revenues of the worlds water-related businesses will rise from $522 billion in 2007 to nearly $1 trillion by 2020, and global water shortages will drive the need for innovative water technology and efficiency of use. Source: New York based Lux Research
  18. 18. Why is it that water takes up70% of the earth’s surface and 60% of our bodies, yet so little of our thinking? Imagine turning water problems into opportunities!
  19. 19. Develop a Center for Sustainable Water Practices Working Mission Statement: The Center for SustainableWater Practices seeks to make a positive impact with respect to preserving and protecting theWater Quantity and Quality in Northeastern Illinois by mobilizing and connecting business leaders and academia to water sustainability and the green economy.
  20. 20. Business Community Not-For- UniversityProfit Orgs. Partners Director Utilities Community Government Partners
  21. 21.  Develop a vision, mission and goals for the Center Review and evaluate:  National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in Alton, IL  The Milwaukee Water Council Model Establish a central hub for information exchange  Stay abreast of environmental research and begin to create an archive of information.  Raise awareness with stakeholders and the community about the center through: ▪ Workshops, Conferences, Peer-to-Peer Forums ▪ Multiple Media Sources: Social Media, Newspaper, Video, Blog, etc. ▪ Outreach to schools and guidance counselors
  22. 22.  Translate research into educational programming to increase the adoption of sustainable water practices;  Promote the understanding of the Great Lakes, watersheds, floodplains, groundwater and the interactions between the built and natural environment; Work in partnership with the business community to connect coursework to the evolving economy; Translate education into jobs!
  23. 23. 30 minutes
  24. 24. Sustainability means providing for the current without compromising theneeds of the future.
  25. 25. What does sustainable water mean to you?
  26. 26. What should the college focus on forsustainable water?  What is happening now in sustainable water management that is being done well? What could be done better?  What regulations are holding back sustainable water or could be used to improve our efforts to sustainably manage water?
  27. 27. What do you see as current and future needsfor programs?  Government, business and industry? ▪ Certificates, professional development, continuing education…  Community education? ▪ Workshops… ▪ How do we inform the public about this program?  How could we best prepare students for work in sustainable water? ▪ Focus area? Certificate programs? Transfer curriculum?
  28. 28. Who should be the key partners in thedevelopment of the Center?  Would you be interested in participating in an advisory group?
  29. 29. 30 minutes
  30. 30. Questions? “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
  31. 31. Cassandra McKinneyDirector, Green Economy and Sustainable Water Center 19351 W Washington Street Grayslake, IL 60030-1198 Phone: (847) 543-2645