footprints

What is the Water Footprint of…?

December 20, 2019

How much water does it take to make food and beverages or common household items? Read on to find out. How Much Water Does it Take to Make a Hamburger? Here is a list of the water footprint of some common food products and consumer goods. The list of foods reflect a typical day in […]

Water Footprint Glossary

December 20, 2019

Water terms can be confusing, especially where water footprints are concerned. A glossary of water footprint terminology can help people understand the difference between “water footprint” and “virtual water” and how water is connected to food, energy and household goods. Download a [PDF] version of this glossary. Water Terms: Water Footprints Water footprints help individuals, […]

Who is Working on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

November 6, 2019

There are many key organizations studying how food, water and energy systems influence and are influenced by one another. The research is important because as resources become more scarce and climate change alters where and how precipitation falls, the US cannot afford to view these systems in isolation. The country will need to develop more […]

The Water Footprint of Beef: Industrial vs. Pasture-Raised

November 30, 2018

Beef has a large water footprint and the system in which cattle are produced can make a substantial difference in the size of the footprint. While pasture-raised beef can be more sustainable, many assume that its water footprint is always smaller than that of industrially produced beef. This is not necessarily the case, although it can […]

How to Dress Greener: 5 Reasons to Shop at Thrift Stores

November 22, 2018

Thrift Store Shopping Has become a Way of Life for Many People The average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing every year. Many consider “shop ‘til you drop” a philosophy of life but that lifestyle comes at a high cost. By the end of the 1990s – the golden years of shopping – shoppers […]

Data Centers, Digital Lifestyles and Water Use

November 9, 2018

When people use the internet, they rely on a data center to store, manage and disseminate information. To keep these centers running efficiently, a tremendous amount of energy and water are required, providing yet another example of the important nexus between water and energy resources. Digital cryptocurrencies cause similar concerns. How Do Data Centers Use […]

Water Friendly Food Choices

October 27, 2018

Food and water are connected. Have you ever looked at a plate of food and wondered, “How much water it takes to make a hamburger?” The largest portion of the average person’s water footprint comes from their diet. In order to lower water footprints, there’s no better place for a person to start than to […]

The Value of Rainwater: Why Green Water Footprints Matter

October 17, 2018

The water footprint concept is a way to measure the volume of water consumed, evaporated and polluted in the process of making a product or service, such as a food item or electricity. Individuals, companies, municipalities and nations can measure their water footprints, which are broken down into three components: green, blue and grey. The definitions of […]

The Importance of Mountain Snowpack to Water Resources

October 13, 2018

Snowpack that collects on mountains is vital to the water resources of the United States, but also to the waterways and water supplies around the world. As mountain snowpack melts, it slowly releases water into streams, rivers and lakes. Although snowmelt supplies up to 50 percent of the world’s freshwater and around 75 percent of […]