ReThinking H20 Podcast_Recovery on Water_Episode 13

Today on the show we have Jeannine Love, who is an active member of Recovery on Water. Recovery on Water is a rowing team that gives survivors of breast cancer the unique opportunity to interact with fellow survivors on the water and become active participants in their recovery. Jeannine walks us through her remarkable life story which involves many challenges including the loss of her husband and battling cancer. Jeannie tells us how her experiences with Recovery on Water helped her persevere through the difficult times and ultimately lead to a life of purpose. www.recoveryonwater.org/

ReThinking H20 Podcast_National Clean Water Collective_Episode 12

Today on the show we have Syrah Scott who is the founder of the National Clean Water collective. Syrah is an engineer by training who by fate, found her way in the world of water. After hearing news stories about the water crisis in Flint Michigan and seeing little action to solve the problem, she took matters into her own hands to help those in need. She founded the National Clean Water Collective that helps connect different players in the water space to help those that do not have access to safe water in America. To learn more about the organization please visit
nationalcleanwater.org/
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Life in the Slums - What is a Slum and what can we do about it?

Did you know that over 1 billion people currently live in slums and this number is expected to grow to 2 billion by 2050?   This short video by Hugh Bonneville gives you a quick glimpse into life inside a slum in India.

What even is a slum you might ask?  A slum is a highly populated urban residential area consisting mostly of closely packed, decrepit housing units in a situation of deteriorated or incomplete infrastructure, inhabited primarily by impoverished persons.

Well what can we do about it?  Over the course of the next 6 months we will reveal new technology, partnerships and collaborations that will work to bring safety and opportunity to those living in slums.

ReThinking H20 Podcast : Miranda and Baptise Paul

Today on the show we have Miranda and Baptise Paul. Miranda and Paul are both authors by trade with a passion to educate and help make the world a better place. Miranda is a native of Green Bay that has always had a passion for water, writing a children’s book called Water is Water. Baptiste is a native of St Lucia that has a passion for water, writing a book called The Field. 
Together, they are working on a new book called “I am farmer”, that hopes to educate youth about the importance of farm culture within our present and future societies. To learn more please visit their websites at : 
baptistepaul.net/
mirandapaul.com/

The Future of Water Innovation

Welcome to the Rethinking H20 podcast. Today on the show we have Newsha K. Ajami, who is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. Newsha is a thought leader in the water space with a decorated academic background and degrees from University of Arizona along with a PhD from University of Irvine. In this episode, Newsha provides valuable insight into three core topics. 


First - how cities can build resilient infrastructure through better planning and investment, 
Second - how policy and academia can help bring value to society
And Third – we dive into the future of water innovation.

You can learn more about Newsha here at waterinthewest.stanford.edu/about/peopl…ewsha-ajami

Why the threat of Asian Carp is something we can no longer ignore

Welcome to the rethinking H20 podcast. Today on the show we have Sheyda Esnaashari. Sheyda leads public policy at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Her main focus surrounds the issue of Asian carp threatening the Great Lakes of America. After spending time in Kenya on Lake Victoria and being from a Great Lake state, Sheyda is now dedicated to a mission of preserving the great lakes. In this episode Sheyda dives into some of the Great Lake water issues specific to Asian Carp. We will learn about the risks that Asian carp present to our water ways and what we can do to prevent these issues.

Water Problem in Shinyanga - Video

The walk for water carries serious ramifications for women and children.  Often women are exposed to animals, rape or unforeseen reasons that put them at grave danger.  Watch this video to learn about the serious problems that women in developing nations face on a daily basis.  Our first water treatment system will help to alleviate this problem, but there is so much more to do.

Water - Easy Ways to Save Water

Do you ever think about how many times you interact with water on a daily basis?  Or how much water goes into your morning routine when you shower, brush your teeth, make your coffee, cook your breakfast, commute to work….?

The answer is … A LOT.   It is hard to quantify our true water footprint but the average American uses around 100 Gallons Per Day.  However, it is not hard to make small changes in your daily life to make a large impact on our overall water footprint!  Here are some easy tips for you to consider as a #Wristsponsible user of water:

1)    Turn the sink off when you shave or brush your teeth!  If you leave the sink on the entire time, you can use over 5 Gallons of water.

2)    Don’t leave the fridge open!  Energy = Water.   It takes a lot of water to create the power we use to refrigerate our food, drive our cars, and run our toaster ovens.  When you save energy, you save water!

3)    Reconsider the amount of meat you consume!  Did you know it takes 1,800 gallons of water to make one pound of beef?  Meat carries an enormous water footprint.  Watch the VICE documentary to learn more about the water foot print behind meat.  Don’t eliminate your meat consumption but try exploring other forms of protein that require less water to produce, such as chicken or fish.

4)    Install low flow shower heads!  These appliances use less than 50% of water than legacy water appliances.  There are more upfront costs now, but you will save money and water in the future.  Look for water products that contain the Water Sense label.

5)    Fix leaks!  A leaking faucet or shower can leak over 3,000 gallons a year!  You could take 180 showers with that water!

6)    Calculate your own water foot print.  When you start to think about it, we use water in every aspect of our life…

It is hard to make sense of the grandiose World Water Crisis.  There is a lot of work that needs to be done to fix the water inequalities that exist, but we can all do our part.  If you can implement these small changes on a local level, you can help make a positive global impact.

Please reach out to me with any comments or questions.

https://medium.com/@kevinsofen/water-easy-tips-on-how-to-save-water-e354fb931f8b

 

Up Top Acres - Water, Food & the new Urban Landscape

A discussion between Up Top Acres CEO Kristof Grina and Kevin Sofen about the evolution of roof top farming.

Up Top Acres is reimagining what a farm looks like. We grow food on roofs - converting underutilized spaces into productive farmland and environmental safeguards. We create spaces for communities to interact with and learn about food, in order to establish agriculture as a fixture of city life.

uptopacres.com/index.html

The Life of a Dutchman on the water

The Dutch have led the charge throughout time battling sea level rise. In our conversation on the canals of Amsterdam you will hear a unique perspective about the Dutch relationship with water. If you have been to Amsterdam, you know how intricately linked the city is with water.
This is our first podcast with a jingle at the beginning, let me know what you think! Also for some reason my voice sound like Samuel L Jacksons, so I apologize.