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Shorter showers save water

For the month of October, we're focused on water. On Earth, we have a fixed quantity of water and only 1% of that water is available for human use. Our water recycles itself continuously through the water cycle, but the more we use water, the higher the chance that the water will become contaminated and unusable. Additionally, when our use of water outpaces the rate at which it can be replenished naturally, we increase the risk of water shortages. As more water becomes undrinkable and as the natural water cycle is impacted by human activities, we will experience more water shortages.

Household water usage is responsible for 5-10% of total fresh water used worldwide. Most of this usage happens in North America. On average, each American uses approximately 100 gallons of water a day at home, while someone living in a water poor country will use only about 2.64 gallons of water a day. In the US, almost 17% of at home water use is for showering. Reducing your shower time by 2 minutes can save 6 gallons of water a day which will add up to over 2,000 gallons a year. If everyone at the University of Richmond decreased their shower time by 2 minutes, we'd save nearly 11 million gallons of water a year.

Save even more water by turning off the water while you lather, purchasing and installing a low-flow shower head at home, and by turning off the water while you brush your teeth.

Events

Join the sustainability office this month to learn more about water and the enviornment

Tapped Screening
A film about the business of bottled water.
6:30 p.m., October 2 in the Brown-Alley Room of Weinstein Hall

Campus Sustainability Day and Water Demonstration
Visit the forum for a visual display on water consumption. Learn how much water we use in common daily tasks and the impact that has on public health and the natural world. We will also have information about campus sustainability projects, goals, and accomplishments. #campusday
Posters from the event.
October 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the Forum

Other Sustainability Related Events

Live Well, Dine Green Sustainability and Nutrition Event: Local Apples
Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Heilman Dining Center
Doug Norby from Saville Produce Company will be on hand to discuss Virginia apples. Featured menu items include a variety of fresh local apples, whole or cut in wedges and served with caramel, chocolate peanut butter or cinnamon honey yogurt dipping sauces and a rustic apple tart. Special menu items and access to the event are included with the purchase of lunch.

Global Speaker Series: "Synoptic View of Past Climates in the Yucatan Peninsula: Climate and the Fate of Ancient Maya Kingdoms"
Dr. Martin Medina

Centro de Investigacion Cientifica de Yucatan, UCIA, Mexico
Gottwald Audiotrium, Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5 p.m.
Hosted by Dr. Tiho Kostadinov, Department of Geography & the Environment

Terra Blight Screening
October 26, 4:30 p.m., Gottwald Auditorium
Hosted by GreenUR
A documentary exploring America’s consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology. The filmmakers will also be at the event to introduce the documentary and answer any questions.

Opt Out of Paper for Campus Mailings

Staff and faculty: While you're completing open enrollment in BannerWeb this year, consider opting out of paper. Doing so will remove your name from all on-campus mailing lists. This includes items addressed specifically to you, with the exception of essential communications regarding your employment, benefits, safety, and other institutional priorities. By choosing to not receive optional printed materials in campus mail, you’ll be reducing the University's use of paper and energy resources needed to create the mailings.