Our global Antea Group water team sat together virtually to reflect back on 2020 and what a rollercoaster of a year it was. They all agreed that while COVID-19 dominated the headlines, significant attention has been placed on how society and governments are awakening to the realities of climate change. With the trends of warming temperatures, fast-melting polar ice, increased incidence and severity of severe weather events, it’s clear that climate change is rearing its ugly head through the disruption of our planet’s water cycle.
November 24, 2020 /3BL Media/ - October, which was declared by four governors and four mayors to be ‘Keep the Tennessee River Watershed Beautiful Month,’ proved to be a very busy month.
Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful (KTNRB) collaborated with volunteers, community stakeholders, businesses, and elected officials to host river cleanups, an online pledge campaign for those wanting to make a difference from home during the pandemic, and issue the 2nd annual Ripple Effect Awards presented by Yamaha Rightwaters™.
May of 2020 presents a lush green face at the Frey Vineyards ranch in Mendocino County in northern California. It is two and a half years since the devastating wildfires of October 2017 (read Katrina’s 2018 article – Out of the Ashes on GreenMoney website). One still sees the burned silhouettes of stately Ponderosa Pine at the top of the ridges but progressing up the slopes are shrubby masses of tan oak, madrones and oaks that are stump sprouting from their strong pre-fire crowns. Frey Vineyards owns one thousand acres of land.
Teammates at SunTrust Bank’s Atlanta, Richmond and Orlando’s offices brought in paper to shred and recycle securely during its annual Teammate Shred Day in celebration of Earth Day. Across these locations, teammates shredded 6,650 pounds of paper.
Data centers provide an essential service in the business world today. Many data center designs utilize water-cooled chiller systems to prevent their machines from overheating by distributing cool water to the data center’s air conditioning units. However, due to growing demand, centers are increasingly being built in water-stressed regions.
The protection of our shared environment has long been among government’s most fundamental responsibilities. Ancient Rome’s Code of Justinian, one of the first efforts at constitutional governance, guaranteed to all citizens the use of the “public trust” or “commons” — those shared resources that cannot be reduced to private property, including the air, water, forests and fisheries. Throughout Western history, the first acts of tyrants have invariably included efforts to deliver public-trust assets into private hands.
Water is the foundation of all food and beverage businesses. But water access, availability, and quality are diminishing.
Antea Group advocates that food and beverage companies move from water stewardship to water security to strengthen their business. Read five tips you can use to take your water strategy to the next level.