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From Factoid Friday to breaking news on quality of life and sustainability issues in the region, our blog shines a spotlight on critical issues in the San Diego region and simple ways you can help to solve them.

Factoid Friday: 1,300 gallons of water to make dinner? Posted July 27, 2012

When we think of measuring our water consumption, our minds tend to default to water-based activities such as showering or using the dishwasher.  However, the vast majority of our water consumption is hidden in products and processes that you may not think of. 

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Addressing Our Region's Water Challenges - You Can Help Posted July 20, 2012

With wildfires burning across the arid west, the recent dry winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the spike in regional water prices, San Diegans naturally wonder about the security of our county's water supply. The region imports over 80% of its water from northern California and the Colorado River. Equinox Center is advancing sustainable solutions for our region's critical water issues by participating in two important policy forums...

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Factoid Friday: Could your long commute be giving you a bigger waistline? Posted July 20, 2012

While freeway gridlock has long been known as a detriment to our environment, our vehicles and our mood, a new study adds to the growing body of research that long commutes to work are indeed harmful to your physical health as well.

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Factoid Friday: Typical SoCal Backyard Goes Unused Posted July 13, 2012

Factoid FridayThose lush backyard gardens throughout Southern California sure are pretty. Too bad they’re mostly empty.

"Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors," a recent UCLA study of 32 L.A. households over four years, sheds an interesting light on the behaviors of middle class families in Southern California.

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Factoid Friday: Stop Googling “cork crafts” – there’s an easier way Posted June 29, 2012

Factoid Friday

900 million.* That's how many wine corks are used in the United States each year. They're also yet another example of things that end up in landfills that don't need to be there.

Next week as you’re celebrating the 4th of July with a bottle of champagne or wine (or heck, even some craft beers these days) – no need to throw that cork away.

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Equinox Profiles: Sarah Harvey, Research Fellow Posted June 26, 2012

Equinox Center has always been powered foremost by the incredible network of people behind it. Through this ongoing series, we introduce you to some of the thousands of individuals who make up the Equinox network.

Meet Sarah Harvey, Research Fellow

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Factoid Friday: Why Turning on a Light Bulb is Like Turning On a Faucet Posted June 22, 2012

Factoid FridayYou probably knew that water use is really energy use. (How do you think all that water gets pumped from the Colorado River or Northern California to your house?)

But did you know that every time you turn on a light, it’s like turning on your faucet? It’s been calculated that it takes 1.5 gallons of water to run a 100-watt light bulb for 10 hours.*

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A Special Factoid Friday: What’s the secret to making friends, succeeding in business and marrying well? Posted June 15, 2012

Factoid FridayDear Friends of Equinox Center:What’s the secret to making friends, succeeding in business and marrying well? Being a great conversationalist, that’s what!

And what does it take to be a great conversationalist? Being current and informed on a variety of issues. And being able to draw on that knowledge on command with wit, charisma and an intriguing data point or two.

Here’s where our gift to you comes in.

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Your Chance to Weigh in on 2012 Election Coverage Posted June 14, 2012

Voice of San Diego is once again seeking input for its 2012 elections coverage. Here is your chance to tell them you want to hear more about what candidates are saying about vital sustainablity and quality of life issues.

Check out Equinox's 2012 Election Tools for background, to see what candidates are and aren't saying about issues you care about, and for ideas about questions we should all be asking the candidates.

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Ever wondered how Equinox Center is funded? Posted June 11, 2012

A letter from Equinox Center Executive Director Ann Tartre

Dear Friends:

How is Equinox Center funded?

It’s the #1 question we get from people who are just learning about us. We get it -- follow the money to find the special interests, right?

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