- The institute has 15 da. experimental yard (mostly fruit trees) and the field is watered with furrow irrigation. So far we have not calculated how much water we use in a year for irrigation. The first job in this Project is to change to drip irrigation from furrow irrigation at the yard. After that, we will have saved 90% water that we use for irrigation.
As we don’t have a physical structure in Portugal and as we do our meetings in each other’s houses, preparing the work in Guinea, in our organisation the most important thing we can do for a sustainable use of water is reducing the consumption of office materials by contacting the team using the internet connection.
Concerning the work we are doing in Guinea, our individual agenda includes: Continue Reading
We want to find better solutions/practices for a sustainable use of water in our organization in the following topics:
- Office and moderation materials. That means the paper, pencils, poster, computer, etc. we use in our office and in our seminars. What and where we buy it, how much or how long we use it, in what way we use it, etc.
- Housewares. This means duvet and covers, where we do a research at the moment with the question if there are duvets and pillows that are produced in the best water-sustainable way that is affordable for us.
- Food consumption. This concerns the Food and Drinks that are consumed during our workshops and seminars. We have already a policy of organic vegan-vegetarian food but we focus on ways of improvement, e.g. when we think of regionality. In the section of drinks we haven’t done much yet but are about to install a home carbonation system. And it’s very reasonable to think as well in other dimensions of sustainablity in that topic, like the climate-impact etc. We like to collaborate with the agricultural expert partners from Turkey for example on some foods that we fequently consume from Turkey.
- Direct use of water. This concerns the direct use of water we use in the kitchen, the shower, for cleaning etc. We like to collaborate with the partner Università Verde di Bologna in this aspect.
- Travelling. Travelling has a big ecological impact. But we are mostly focusing on the energy-part op the footprint. But how is the water footprint of our travelling? We have to travel a lot and people are travelling a lot when they visit our courses. So it’s good to know what footprint we produce in the different ways of travelling. But it’s hard to get informations about that… We`ll have to look if it’s possible to deal with this topic in future.
- Training Workshop. We want to design a training in future, which deals with the topic “water and sustainability in pedagogical work”.
The tasks already carried out include:
- Innovating old lighting system at school by introducing led lamps fixtures in order to increase electrical efficiency – July 2013
- Sorting out rubbish – July 2013
- Fitting the system of heat cost allocators – September 2013
- Performing a number of classes related to the topic of the project during biology, geography, English and it lessons
- Collecting materials related to the topic “the use of water in Poland, newspaper articles the internet publications thematic trivia:
We are a small organisation: in our office work only 6 people, plus we have a staff of 8 educators that manage educational laboratories in schools and that do not usually work on our premises.
Our estimated yearly water footprint is:
- Direct use of water (toilette): 32 m3
- Water footprint of our energy consumptions: 191 m3
- Water footprint of supply of goods: 560 m3
We have very little room for lowering our direct water consumptions, that are already very limited in any case. We installed several years ago a flow reducer on our tap, and we put a bag full of water in the toilet flush tank in order to limit its capacity and then the litres that are released at any flush. We are not the owner of the building, so we cannot do any structural refurbishment. Continue Reading