Being a new Dad has given me a lot to think about, but you probably already knew that. Like in this picture perhaps. I used to just put on a jacket and go outside, now….. I make a hundred decisions before I go out the door. “Stroller or carrier? Is she warm enough, can she breathe, is she still breathing, do we have the diaper bag, are there actually diapers in the diaper bag, how long will we be gone, wait where are we going?”. Those are my immediate concerns, but what about the future? What about long term?
What about in 30 years when my daughter is my age? (insert nervous gulp here)
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We here in Ontario are lucky to be living next to the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth. They are a vast and vital resource, providing natural beauty, potable water, and air conditioning in your office building! The ongoing drought in California should give us a moment to appreciate how lucky we are to have such freshwater access in Canada and serve as a reminder that we must work to preserve and conserve these resources. This blog post is about water conservation – steps you can take at home (that are hopefully less draconian than those that may be imposed on Californians) and steps that UHN and other organizations are taking to cut water use.
Check out the water end use breakdown of a typical home as per the US Environmental Protection Agency.
What a wild, wondrous and #WasteFreeUHN year it’s been here at Talkin’ Trash. Before we enter into the brand spanking new one, let’s have a gander at the highlights. And now (insert imaginary drumroll), a count down of our top 14 stories from 2014, as selected by your curious clicks:
Ed helped us get our feet (not-so) wet with Water, Water (Not) Everywhere
image credit: thewalrus.ca
When we think of refrigeration, we usually think of a cold beer, yummy food, and all those miscellaneous science experiments hiding in the back. I’d like to temporarily change all that and focus on how it works, why some commercial refrigeration wastes tons of water, and a fantastic example of a retrofit project at UHN. Then we can go back to trying to identify that smelly mystery jar that you came across while cleaning out the bottom shelf.
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How many UHNers does it take to change a light bulb?
We’ll return to this previously scheduled cliché joke format in a second, but in the meantime (cue the marching band) I’m honoured to let everyone know that yesterday at the Ontario Hospital Association’s HealthAchieve conference and exhibition UHN was announced as the recipient of Green Health Care Awards in both the Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation & Protection categories.
UHN Wins 2 @OHA (our team from left) Michael Sheeres, Lisa Vanlint, Rick Pews, Chad Berndt, Kady Cowan, Ed Rubinstein
image credit: greenprophet.com
That drip, drip, drip is driving Camille crazy! If only she could do something about it….but what? Then she found it, an online maintenance request form on the Facilities intranet page. She was so inspired, she brought the idea home too. Now she’s saved a tonne of water, money, and her sanity too.