Conservation is #SoSimple

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The word ‘conservation’ can be confusing. It is defined as the prevention of injury or waste. When we refer to conservation from an environmental viewpoint, we are talking about not injuring animals & insects and their homes, and not wasting natural resources–energy, land, and water.

Conservation is #sosimple

Informally I’ve asked “What is conservation?” to scientists, conservationists, and those who have no interest in the topic. There is a general theme that appears–taking care of our planet–but the answers are all different, which makes me think the topic of ‘conservation’ is confusing to everyday people. So I’m here to make it simple for you. As a volunteer with the Chicago Conservation Corps, I’ve learned that if conservation is anything, it is


Think: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We’ll show you 3 #sosimple ways for each. Conservation can take place at home with many simple actions. At the bottom there is a checklist to save or print and post on your wall as a reminder that conservation is #sosimple. Pass this on to your friends & family as well. Thank you.


  1. water consumption by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  2. waste by purchasing a reusable grocery bag.
  3. energy consumption by turning off the light in a room you’re not using.


  1. dryer sheets with 20 uses for a used dryer sheet.
  2. drink containers. Buy a reuseable water bottle or coffee mug to bring to work or refill at Starbucks.
  3. somebody’s previous belongings by shopping at a thrift store (Brown Elephant or Salvation Army in Chicago).


conservation is #sosimple

  1. all plastic, but NOT #6. Look on the container and bag for the symbol (right).
  2. junk mail.
  3. wine bottles & beer cans.

A tweetable definition of ‘conservation:

Conservation is improving our quality of life for the future by living in collaboration with nature

Please print or save the JPEG below as a reminder. Thank you for reading.

Conservation in Chicago

How To Save Water & Save Money

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Chicagoans are fortunate to have a large source of fresh water as our neighbor. Over 5.4 million people—44% of the Illinois population—depend on the Chicago Department of Water Management to provide a reliable supply of drinking water from Lake Michigan. Chicago is working hard to avoid situations similar to what is happening to the Colorado River and Aral Sea in Russia where the fresh water supply is being depleted.

Water conservation Chicago

To avoid a similar situation, Chicago is preparing by providing citizens with convenient options to conserve water. MeterSave is a new program offered by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM). Non-metered Chicago homeowners can volunteer to have a water meter installed. Water meters help to save water and save money.

In Chicago, water charges in non-metered homes are tied to factors such as building size, lot-size and the number of plumbing fixtures. However, metered homes are billed according to actual water usage. This means that with minimal effort, participating homeowners could save money on their water bills.

Signing up is completely FREE. The DWM will install your water meter, free of charge, and a wireless radio technology will report your water usage to the DWM. There are 3 ways to sign up:

  1. Visit
  2. Call 311
  3. Call 312-744-4H2O

ALSO, by signing up for a Water Meter, you will qualify for one of these additional incentives (while supplies last):

A rain barrel – for more details: rain barrels

or An outdoor water conservation kit

  • A hose timer
  • Rain guage
  • Water restricting hose nozzle
  • Moisture sensor

or An indoor water conservation kit

  • Low flow shower head
  • A shower timer
  • Toilet flapper
  • Leak Detection Tablets
  • Toilet tank bank–a toilet tank water displacement pouch
  • 4-quart fill cycle diverter that helps save water after flushing the toilet
  • Swivel low-flow kitchen aerator
  • Two bathroon sink aerators
  • Teflon tape
  • Water Conservation wheel

or A water meter monitor (a refrigerator magnet that shows water usage)

Watch this video to learn more about the MeterSave program:

MeterSave video

Testimonials about the program: Neighborhood Testimonials

Our previous post: Indoor Water Conservation Tips

How To Make Air-friendly Cleaning Products

air-friendly cleaning products

We are in the heart of winter, and most likely, your windows are closed and fresh air is at a premium. So don’t pollute the air in your home with cleaning products that contain hazardous chemicals and volatile organic compounds. We will make it easy for you to find another option. Here is a recipe for making your own air-friendly cleaning products. A friendly mixture of science, conservation, and cooking skills.

Basic All-Purpose Cleaner Formula

1/2 teaspoon baking soda or 2 teaspoons borax

1/2 teaspoon liquid soap detergent

2 cups hot water

spray bottle

Combine everything into the spray bottle and shake to blend.

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