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The 90 Day Plan

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 27

The 90 Day Plan - 90 Ways in 90 Days

The 90 Day Plan: Day 27 

Power plants across the country use 136 Billion gallons of freshwater everyday; compare that to 4 Billion gallons for home use. Saving energy ultimately saves water; encourage your family to invest in ENERGY STAR appliances before their next purchase.

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Challenge: Why is desalination not currently cost-effective for most parts of the world? What is water-reclamation? By 2013, thirty-six states are anticipating water shortages at either the local, regional, or statewide level; is your state on the list?

Friday, July 15, 2011

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 26

The 90 Day Plan - 90 Ways in 90 Days

The 90 Day Plan: Day 26 

There are many tools to measure energy and water consumption in your home. By CHECKING the BILLS carefully, you lay your hands on one of the best ways to assess your energy and water use.

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Challenge: Is it more practical to make your current appliances more efficient or replace them with high efficiency models? Look into the cost of the appliances vs. money saved.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 25

The 90 Day Plan - 90 Ways in 90 Days

The 90 Day Plan: Day 25 

Saving water saves energy, saving energy also saves water—funny how that works. Just as the demand for water spikes in the summer, the demand energy also tends to peak in the summer. SPREAD THE WORD about why water and energy conservation is important for a sustainable future.

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Challenge: America has about 5% of the world's population, yet we emit about 30% of the world's greenhouse gasses; list two myths and two realities of climate change.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 24

The 90 Day Plan - 90 Ways in 90 Days

The 90 Day Plan: Day 24 

Since demand is at an all time high in the summer, DON'T PLAY WITH the WATER. Hoses flow at over 10 GPM is estimated that half of the water used outside every year is wasted.

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Challenge: How much chlorine, electricity, and water does the closest waterpark consume every season or year? Find some 'natural waterparks' instead.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chicago Visit, Presentation, & Event Invitations


It has been awhile since I've been back but I am returning to Sweet Home Chicago next week for a series of events and would like to invite you along.

On Wednesday 7/20 at 10:30 AM, I will be my presenting my Masters research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the Coastal Zone Management Conference at the Hyatt Regency downtown Chicago.  The topic is, "Using History and Science to Protect, Restore, and Sustain the Louisiana Gulf Coast." If you are unable to attend, please register my webinar: and see the full list here:

On Friday 7/22 from 11:30AM-1:30PM at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest, I will present and take part in a panel discussion about, "Living Upstream: The Midwest's Role in Restoration of the Louisiana Coastline and the Gulf of Mexico.

On Saturday 7/23 at 2PM in Libertyville, I will host the Third Annual Butler Lake clean-up. This clean-up is put on from Below the Surface with support from the Illinois EPA.

More information on all of the aforementioned events is attached.  I will be in Chicagoland from 7/17-7/27.  It would be great to catch-up!

Also, please stay tuned to The 90-Day Plan and our featured adventurer, Dave Cornthwaithe's expedition down the Mississippi River:


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The 90-Day Plan: DAY 23

The 90 Day Plan - 90 Ways in 90 Days

The 90 Day Plan: Day 23 

These days, more than ever, it is important to HAVE A HERO. My college degree is signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but your hero doesn't necessarily have to be a Superhero. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes; it is important to admire someone for taking a stand and making a difference in our world.

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Challenge: What purpose have pioneers and explorers served to advance society? What is our next frontier?

Monday, July 11, 2011

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 22

The 90 Day Plan - 90 Ways in 90 Days

The 90 Day Plan: Day 22 

PICK-UP AFTER YOUR PET and keep the water clean. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria including E-coli. This type of runoff also contributes to the build-up of nutrients in the water and can decrease the amount of oxygen in the water leading to algae blooms and fish kills.

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Challenge: If you or someone you know is considering a new pet encourage them to adopt from a shelter instead of a breeder and especially not a 'puppy mill.'

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 21

The 90 Day Plan - 90 Ways in 90 Days

The 90 Day Plan: Day 21 

Even in today's economic climate, land prices are on the rise so USE IT or LOSE IT. By patronizing your parks, forests, and preserves you are helping to ensure their future. Seldom does development reverse itself—once it's gone, it's gone.

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Challenge: Open lands and forests are definitely important for our planet's health; why are wetlands especially important for the health of our fresh water and oceans?

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Kristian Gustavson receives the American Red Cross "Hero of the Heartland" Award

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