RedVector RV-10487

Sustainable Solutions: Water Shortages

Sustainable Solutions: Water Shortages

1 hr. Online Course

Level: Fundamental

Item#: RV-10487

SME: Heather Venhaus

Over the next forty years, the global population is expected to increase from 6 billion to an estimated 9 billion, yet the world’s water supply is constant. Only 3 percent of the global water supply is fresh; the majority of it is locked in ice or stored deep in the earth, making its extraction very expensive. The remaining 97 percent is found in the oceans and is too salty for human consumption, irrigation, and industrial uses. Water from the oceans can be processed; however, desalination is an energy-intensive practice.
In this course we will explore site strategies for reducing water waste and recharging groundwater supplies.
 
Posted by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved.
Course Objectives
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify the reasons for fresh water shortages.
  • Discuss the different uses of water in our daily lives.
  • Identify strategies used to minimize the use of potable water and recharge groundwater.
  • Discuss strategies used for stormwater catchment and reuse.
  • Discuss proper vegetation selection in order to reduce water requirements and protect a site from drought conditions, such as avoiding bare soils, restoration and maintenance of soil organic matter content, and recharging of groundwater supplies.
  • List proper irrigation practices and alternative water sources used such as rainwater and air-conditioner condensate.
SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT: Heather Venhaus
Heather  Venhaus Photo
As the daughter of a West Texas dryland farmer and a community health nurse, the concepts of sustainability shaped my childhood.  Regular conversations around the dinner table included the longevity of the Ogallala aquifer, public health issues, the carrying capacity of the land and most importantly, how we could improve all of those things for the betterment of our community.  Through these casual discussions I began to understand that I could be a catalyst for positive change - an ideal that has carried through in my professional and personal life. 

I am a bit of a dreamer and seem to have developed a pattern of envisioning work environments or projects that excite me, then accepting the challenge of making those things happen.  So far, it's worked out well and has led me to gain wonderful project experience with teams of scientists, designers, and educators on projects emphasizing sustainable design, landscape restoration, and environmental education.  After completing the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks in 2009, I resigned from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to stay home with my newborn son and see what the world had to offer.   When not attending playdates or checking out parks, I continue to work on projects that excite me and have found that “professional escapes” from motherhood give me a better life prospective and greatly improve my sense of humor, particularly when dealing with toddler tantrums.  

Since being out on my own I have had the pleasure of being a contributing author to the Sustainable Sites Handbook, writing my own book Designing the Sustainable Site, working with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects on the  Campus Transformation Project at the University of Texas at El Paso and joining forces with Geosyntec to improve the City of Austin’s Environmental Criteria Manual and explore green infrastructure options for neighborhoods.  I am constantly dreaming, planning, and scheming about the future and always look forward to the next adventure.   A more detailed description of my background and professional experience can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/heathervenhaus
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