Ever since the beginning of this nation, Americans have always been able to take for granted that there would always be plenty of fresh water. But unfortunately that is rapidly changing. Due to pollution, corruption, inefficiency and the never ending greed of the global elite, the United States (and the entire world) is heading for a very serious water shortage. Already, there are some areas of the United States where water is the number one local political issue. In fact, water is becoming so scarce in certain areas that some states are actually battling in court over it. Unfortunately, there is every indication that the worldwide water crisis is about to get a lot worse.
The STAR Community Index™ is a national, consensus-based rating system for community sustainability. STAR, now in beta release, provides communities with a standard and comprehensive set of goals, objectives and performance measures by which to improve interdependent environmental, economic, and social conditions. STAR is also a community of leading local governments creating more sustainable places for the long term.
Did you know that, under certain home rule provisions in California's state constitution, voters can exercise a greater degree of local control than that provided by the California Legislature? Becoming a charter city allows voters to determine how their city government is organized and, with respect to municipal affairs, enact legislation different than that adopted by the state. In 2001, the Institute for Local Government, nonprofit research affiliate of the League and the California State Association of Counties, teamed up with the Hastings Public Law Research Institute to create an informational resource for those interested in understanding more about this special form of local control.
By Scott Beale on February 25, 2008 IwamotoScott Architecture recently won the $10,000 grand prize for their entry in the The History Channel’s City of the Future contest where they envisioned what San Francisco might look like in 2108 . Their winning entry was a Hydro-Net concept that includes a “Geothermal Mushroom” at located on the top of Bernal Hill and a “Fog Flower” on Ocean Beach. Here’s their full series of Hydro-Net concept illustrations . Symbiotic and multi-scalar, SF HYDRO-NET is an occupiable infrastructure that organizes critical flows of the city.
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Each water bottle you recycle may seem like a drop in the bucket, but don't undervalue your efforts. America is recycling nearly 33 percent of its waste -- almost twice as much as 15 years ago.