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Green Diplomacy at its most basic level?

Embassies may not seem like the most promising candidates for going Green?
But many are receiving the coveted award, LEED (LEADERSHIP ENERGY and ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN) Last week, the U.S. ambassador to France was the host of a daylong conference on making American embassies greener.
Another important area is saving water. The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, for example, claims a 20 percent saving in water use when compared with a conventional building, through the use of smarter irrigation systems outside and more efficient water fixtures inside. The U.S. Embassy in London has had waterless urinals for years.

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The news regarding water is not all bad!

Twenty years ago, Los Angeles County responded to droughts with simple measures, such as requiring that when homes and commercial buildings are sold, they must install water and energy saving aerators, water-saving showers, toilets, and other plumbing. The result? Despite a 15% increase in the population, water use has remained unchanged. The message? There are great saving opportunities in the smarter use of water.

It is great to see that even 20 years ago there were already communities concerning about efficient water use. Hopefully there will be many more to follow!

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Up to 20 liters per minute – many faucets wasteful

Up to 20 liters of water flow through a conventional faucet and then wasted down the drain. Wasteful? And how does a consumer know which Aerator has been pre-installed in the faucet? Try this simple test. You will need a standard container. Turn the tap full on. Record the time it takes to fill the container. Enter the seconds it took to fill the container. Now Install a Water Saving Aerator, or commonly known as a Perlizador and repeat the test. It will become obvious how quickly the container is filled while using a normal aerator. The Water Saving Aerator can save up to 72%, they also save energy to heat less water and additionally reduces carbon emission. For user comfort they do not splash, no matter how fast you open the tap. Most important they are easy to install, no plumber is required. And how do they work? In simple layman terms: the water stream is mixed with air which creates a soft gentle flow. The result, thousands of litters of water and energy used to heat water is also saved.