Building a Water Resilient City
|When:||Back to Calendar March 14, 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm||Where:||UC Berkeley, Wurster Hall, Room 315A, Berkeley, CA
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|Tags:||Region 2 Resource Management Water|
Throughout the world, wastewater treatment and storm water management systems are being re-thought. No longer considered a waste product, storm water and other “waste” waters are now being managed, and sometimes reclaimed, in innovative ways that increases their resource value. There are clear connections between sewer system protection, storm water management, and potable water offsets. Onsite wastewater treatment reduces demand on San Francisco’s water and wastewater systems through non-potable reuse and discharge avoidance, mitigates peak wastewater conditions through dispersed storage capacity, and defers costs and expenses of expanding infra-structure to meet growing demand. Due to increasing populations, potential precipitation changes because of climate change, more stringent environmental regulations, and the high cost of updating infrastructure, there is consensus among water professionals that municipal agencies can no longer afford to consider wastewater simply as a public health hazard that must be disposed of safely and quickly. Rather, wastewater and storm water should be viewed as valuable resources that can be effectively used to reduce the environmental impacts and costs associated with a region’s water and wastewater system. This presentation examines the work of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Urban Watershed Management Program (UWMP). The UWMP aims to encourage and require projects to incorporate onsite storm water and wastewater management and other water sensitive strategies to adapt San Francisco to climate change and a growing population.
Speaker: John Scarpulla, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
by Michelle French
Since the public reviews of the Next Generation Science Standards have come to a close, like many primary teachers, I’ve been wondering what science will look like in kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. Learn More…
“SOL Grotto, 2012. 1368 glass tubes, paint. Fabrication: Matarozzi Pelsinger, Rael San Fratello Architects. SOL Grotto is a contemporary take on a grotto or Throeau’s cabin – a spartan retreat that is a space of solitude and close to nature – where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light. The SOL Grotto also explores Solyndra’s role as a company S#@t Out of Luck. 1,368 of the 24 million high tech glass tubes destined to be destroyed as a casualty of their bankruptcy, are used in the installation. The tube’s original role as a light concentrating element is extended to transmit cool air into the space via the Venturi effect, to amplify sounds from the adjacent waterfall via the vibrations of the tubes cantilevering over the creek, and to create distorted views of the garden. The form of the electric blue array evokes Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds can call reality into question.”
Responses from Readers:
Peter A’Hearn: Rush hour in little blue circle land.
by Valerie Joyner
Congratulations to CSTA member and STEM Educator, Katherine Schenkelberg, of West High School, in Torrance, CA! Katherine was recently awarded one of the 2013 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. An appointed panel of experts selected her for her innovative use of data-collection technology. “The use of data-collection technology in the classroom helps foster students’ interest in STEM education and provides them with engaging, hands-on opportunities for scientific investigation,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “For ten years Vernier and NSTA have recognized innovative STEM educators through this award and this year’s winners are no exception – their projects and programs truly utilize the power of data-collection technology as part of the teaching and learning process.” Learn More…
by Tim Williamson
Members of the California Science Teachers Association are now in the process of voting for qualified CSTA members to fill the seven openings on the CSTA Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term.
The election is being conducted electronically and opened for voting on April 16, 2013. Voting will close on May 16, 2013. All CSTA members were sent links to the online ballot. Members for whom we do not have current email addresses or who request a paper ballot have been mailed a ballot and candidate statements. Learn More…