Saturday, October 8, 2016

10 Ways You Can Conserve Water

Have you ever wondered what you can do to make a difference? Many people in the world don’t have enough water for daily living. For example, many communities we assist in Mexico and Peru only get water at their taps two or three times per week, and then only for a few hours.

Utah is the second driest state in the United States, so although we’re not as water stressed as other parts of the world, it’s important we do our part to minimize water waste. When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments made at home can have a big impact. Here are ten simple ways to conserve water.

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  1. Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip. A leaky faucet can lead to gallons of wasted water.
  2. If you have an electric dishwasher, use it only to wash full loads, and use the shortest cycle possible. Many dishwashers have a conserver/water-miser cycle.
  3. Use either low-flow shower heads or adjustable flow-reducer devices on your shower heads. They can reduce flow by at least 25 percent!
  4. Use native plants or plants that require little water to thrive in your region to minimize watering.
  5. Regularly inspect the sprinkler heads to make sure they are not damaged or malfunctioning.
  6. Water your yard in the morning to prevent water loss due to evaporation.  Avoid watering when it’s windy.
  7. Wash vehicles at a carwash that recycles its water. If washing at home, make sure the hose has a shutoff valve.
  8. Hand-washing a lot of dishes? Fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the whole time you’re scrubbing.
  9. Choose efficient fixtures for your home. Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and opting for a Water-Sense rated dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings.
  10. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge. That way, you won’t have to leave the tap running to get a cool, refreshing drink of water!

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Now that you know what differences you can do at home, go to http://ewb.usu.edu to learn more about what the Engineers Without Borders-Utah State University student chapter is doing to make a difference throughout the world.


Sources:


http://waterwiseutah.org/indoor.htm

Saturday, September 24, 2016

​International work, changing local lives.

In the two years that Dane Denison has worked with Utah State University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), he’s coordinated several outreach programs, fundraisers, and redesigned a 20,000 liter tank into a 30,000 liter tank for impoverished communities. This kind of world-changing work is what keeps the chapter vice president motivated.

EWB is an international organization that provides engineers the opportunity to reach out to different communities to improve their living circumstances. There are more than 200 university chapters in the United States, and Utah State University is one of them.

Dane Denison is the Vice President of the USU student chapter of EWB, and has been involved in the program for two years.

“EWB provides real experience and lets me serve others by using what I've learned in school.” Denison said.

Members of this student chapter use skills they’ve acquired in their degrees that enable them to work with communities in Peru and Mexico.
“I've got a great team this year to help me with the project,” he said.   

Denison and his team will be working closely with communities in Mexico this coming year in preparation for next summer’s trip abroad.

“I'm really looking forward toward accomplishing this project and seeing it come to life,” said Denison.

For more information about how to get involved with USU-EWB, visit http://ewb.usu.edu.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Karl Christensen

Get to know Assistant Peru Team Lead Karl Christensen in this interview below!


What is your position with the club?


Karl: Assistant Team Lead for the Peru Team, with a focus on our help with the Water Projects in Tuni Grande, Peru.


How long have you been a member?

Karl: 5 Months

Why did you initially join EWB-USU?

Karl: I read a report on one of their past projects and found that it lined up with my focus of Hydrology in Civil Engineering. I was intrigued by the problems that they were trying to solve and realized that I could learn a lot by getting involved.  The Project leads welcomed my enthusiasm and helped me realize that I could make a difference by attending.

What has been your favorite thing so far in EWB-USU?
Karl: My favorite part of USU-EWB is the club’s ability to let students guide the research and projects that we do. EWB is given communities to look after instead of pre-determined tasks. It requires team work, networking, engineering, and  host of other skills to tackle the problems we find. By the time we work through a project, we have a better understanding of what actual engineers will have to face.

What are upcoming events are you excited for?

Karl: This summer I will be traveling with the Peru team to follow up on last year’s implementation of Alpaca shelters. I’m excited to see the impact that our past projects have had and to meet the people there. Hopefully we can ensure our past work and find new projects to work on in the coming years.

Why should somebody join?
Karl: This club has helped me meet new people and to give my studying more purpose. Any student could find a place on the EWB team if they are excited about serving others.  Being involved with EWB will not only improve your time as a student but will have a direct impact on many lives around the world.

Celeste Hancock

Would you like to get involved in some of the EWB-USU workshops? Meet Celeste Hancock, the workshop coordinator and fellow EWB-USU member!
What is your position with EWB-USU?
Celeste-I am a team member on the Mexico team and I serve as the workshop coordinator for both teams.
How long have you been in the club?
Celeste- I have been in the club since September, so about seven months.
What has been your favorite of EWB-USU?
Celeste- My favorite part of EWB has been feeling like I am part of something meaningful. The work that gets done in the club directly benefits our friends in Mexico and Peru.
Why did you join?
Celeste- I joined because I wanted to have some part of my life not being dedicated to school and EWB seemed like a great choice. Also, they gave me pizza at the opening meeting.
Why should someone join EWB-USU?
Celeste- EWB is a great way to apply your education to a great cause. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and meet awesome people. Also, we usually have some pretty great treats.
What workshops are coming up and what will they involve?
Celeste- We have two workshops coming up. The first is a water quality workshop. One of our advisers will be instructing us on proper sampling methods and water quality analysis on April 16 at 11:00 am. There will also be numerous student presentations on water purification. The second workshop is our semi-weekly Spanish workshop. Here, students of all Spanish speaking levels come to teach and learn together. Two amazing native Spanish speakers are there to teach basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary. And if truth be known, we often end with a good game of Spanish bingo. We are planning on having the next workshop on April 23 at 11:00 am.

√ 25k Pictures!

Check out these amazing pictures from our annual 25K race!


















  

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sarah Baldwin

Get to know EWB-USU outreach coordinator and team member, Sarah Baldwin, in this interview below!
What is your position with EWB-USU?
Sarah: I am the outreach coordinator. In the past I was also the Peru team lead.
How long have you been in the club?
Sarah: I joined the club fall 2013, so about 2.5 years.
What has been your favorite of EWB-USU?
Sarah: I really enjoyed starting a project and seeing it through completion. It was very rewarding to travel to Peru and see something that we had worked so long on, be implemented in the community to help improve their lives.
Why did you join?
Sarah: I wanted to be involved in a club that did something meaningful. There were quite a few clubs for engineers, but I felt like EWB had a very meaningful purpose.
What upcoming events are you excited for?
Sarah: Both teams should be traveling this year (which is exciting). And the upcoming 5k should be good. Chris has been working hard to make it a success, and it is one of those events that helps the teams to travel.
Why should someone join EWB-USU?
Sarah: Because the group is fun and the work is rewarding.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Get to Know Nathan Stacey, Club President

Get to know Nathan Stacey, the president of the USU-EWB club!



What is your position with USU EWB?

Nathan: I am the club president. I direct the Mexico and Peru teams in their respective humanitarian projects, and I supervise club fundraising, workshops, and social and community outreach events.

How long have you been a member?

Nathan: I have been a member for almost 2 years.

Why did you join USU EWB?

Nathan: I joined because I wanted to use my engineering skills to help others. EWB gives me the opportunity to work directly with communities in need and find creative solutions to better meet their basic needs.

What is the most fun thing you have done with USU EWB? 

Nathan: Traveling to La Salitrera last summer was amazing. My favorite part of the trip was giving out toys and books to the kids and playing games with them.

What is the hardest part of the summer trips?

Nathan: I was the Mexico Team Lead when we traveled last summer. It was very stressful for me to manage the whole team because I had never been to the community before and had never done a lot of the water testing procedures. I didn't know the community members, where everyone in the community lived, and where all the existing filters were located. I also got a little sick for a few days.

What is the most gratifying thing you have done with USU EWB?

Nathan: I have really enjoyed building friendships with the other student team members, the faculty mentors, and the people in La Salitrera. I have worked closely with all of them and have been able to get to know them very well. Helping the people in La Salitrera became much more meaningful to me after I got to know the people.

What would you say to somebody that is considering joining?


Nathan: Do it! Joining this club has been critical to my success as an undergraduate student. My experience with EWB has helped me to get awesome internships, great letters of recommendation, close relationships with faculty whose advice has been invaluable, and excellent graduate school opportunities. I have made so many friends and have loved serving the people in La Salitrera.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

5K information

Do you want to help support EWB-USU’s trips to Peru and Mexico? Do you want to exercise? Do you want a sweet t-shirt? Read below as Chris Eastman lets you know all the information about the 5K.

                                                     “On April 9th at 9:00 am the USU Engineers Without Borders Club will be hosting its annual 5K fundraiser. Last year the club put on our first 5k and it was a big success. We had a group of great sponsors and over participants so we decided to make it an annual event.”
 “In the next few weeks there will be a signup page on our website ewb.usu.edu (Links to an external site.)
The race tickets will cost $10       and include one of our wonderful EWB T-shirts.”                                                                                             “All proceeds from this event will go to supporting our clubs’ projects in Mexico and Peru. This spring two teams of engineering students and professors will be traveling to our communities to implement projects that will help aid economic development and provide clean sustainable water.”  
    “We are very excited to see the fruition of all our hard work being used to help those in need. Fundraising is a vital part of that process.”                                                                        

                                                               


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Domestic Team Preview

USU Engineers Without Borders has a new team that deals with projects here in the United States Darianne Willey is the team leader and below she explains what the new domestic team is all about.

          

         


      "Engineers Without Borders has recently opened up the domestic program in which teams can work with underserved communities in the US. Most prospective projects are with Native American reservations. We are exploring a potential project in southern Utah, where there may be arsenic issues on a Navajo Reservation."

           






           

                          “Being involved with a domestic team means that 
            students can help their fellow citizens attain the basic 
            things that we all take for granted. It’s easy to 
            understand that there are impoverished people in other countries that need help, but rarely do we realize that communities in our country need this help too. 
            These new projects allow us to make our country a 
            better one."

           



          



    “For students that choose to join, they will find that travel costs are cheaper, and travel opportunities may be more frequent.”


            






         

   “We are very excited to get this team rolling and sincerely welcome anyone, engineer or   not, to join.”

Our new domestic team!

Engineers Without Borders at Utah State University (EWB-USU) has long helped villagers in Mexico and Peru, but a new domestic team is start...