In this free water skill share event, come together with experts and your community and share, engage, and build skills around water conservation solutions in the home. Download the flyer and share with your community!

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With March being Water month here at The Ecology Center, TECx:Water is the culmination of a month-long effort to promote and highlight water as a critical issue in our lives, our community, and global ecological health. The Ecology Center is pleased to host this community forum and skillshare on Saturday, March 30, from 1-4pm with leaders and experts of various aspects of local and regional water sourcing, consumption, and conservation. The afternoon will be highlighted by several keynote speakers, providing short, inspirational TED-style talks with insights from the work they are doing, and what we can do to be a part of good water in Southern California.

WHY WATER? Water is the most valuable resource on the planet. It creates and sustains all life and is interconnected to global food and energy ecosystems. The average Southern California resident uses 1,800 gallons of water per day through direct and indirect consumption. Almost 95% of that water used goes straight down the drain. And, according to Aquafornia.com and the Municipal Water District, Southern California imports 60-70% of the water we use each day. Local water is a limited resource, and if we want to ensure a future with a clean and abundant source of water, we must learn to use less and use it better.

In this water skill share event, come together with your community and share, engage, and build skills around water conservation solutions in the home. Topics will include drip irrigation, rainwater harvesting, water friendly garden design, greywater systems, retrofitting fixtures and more. Change is possible, and it happens on the individual level. Ben Edwards, VP of Global Outreach for Hurley International and Hurley )(2O, and speaker at TECx:Water, knows that “we each have the power to make a difference. The Hurley H2O program partners with those... who work to combat water scarcity by acting locally and globally. Our goal is to create a ripple effect that takes us all further.” Edwards will be joined by many others to create a holistic sense of water—from freshwater to seawater and everything in between.

Speakers Confirmed:

-Garry Brown, Executive Director, Orange County Coastkeeper

-Ben Edwards, VP Global Outreach, Hurley International

-Mike Evans, Co-founder, Tree of Life Nursery

-Greg Goran, Chair of Ocean Friendly Gardens, Huntington Beach/Seal Beach chapter of Surfrider Foundation, & Director of Sustainability at Huntington Beach High School

-Dr. Meg Hieisinger, Education Programs at The Ecology Center

-Ziad Mazboudi, PE, Environmental Division Manager City of San Juan Capistrano Utilities Department

-Paul Schmidtbauer, Industrial Waste Administrator, South Orange County Water Authority

-Mary Ann Skorpanich, Manager of OC Watersheds

Guests will also have the opportunity to take a journey through The Water Shed, an interactive mobile exhibition of The Ecology Center on where water comes from, how we use it, and how we can use it better. Also on view will be samples of the new Water Toolkit—a curriculum pack for educators complete with lesson plans, activities, hands-on demo materials, and support to bring new levels of water awareness to the classroom. (The Ecology Center is looking forward to launching Water Toolkits in schools across Orange County later in 2013.)

The event is free to the public as all speakers have donated their time to promote water education and use. Two ticket types are available- “free” and “sponsor”. All donations received will fund future water education classes and events at The Ecology Center. For a $15 donation, “sponsor” ticketed guests will leave with a limited edition Hurley tee-shirt or reusable water bottle. We'll see you there!

This event is powered by Hurley International's H2O program. 

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A lecture and workshop series teaching hands-on techniques and positive ways to live in connection with our ecosystems.

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  • The Ecology Center
  • 32701 Alipaz St.
  • San Juan Capistrano, 92675
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