Competition: Fresh Dialogues Doing For Drought

Competition: Fresh Dialogues Doing For Drought

California is in its worst drought since 1977. Some say it’s the worst in a century.

Reservoirs are only a third full. Rainfall totals were about 40 percent of normal last winter. Farmers are pumping groundwater to keep crops alive. Wildfire risk is extremely high. And wildlife is in danger as creeks run dry.

Although some people are saving water, (even refusing to shower) much more could be done!

What are YOU doing to help save water? What do you think should be done to save water?

Have YOUR voice heard by sharing your top tips and creating awareness…

WIN the Fresh Dialogues #DoingForDrought Competition

Let's talk about droughtTop Prize:

* Winner will receive a Fresh Dialogues Drought Hero Award and be interviewed and featured on Fresh Dialogues YouTube Channel next to top green influencers like Elon Musk, Tom Friedman and Meryl Streep.

*He or she will get to meet an influential green industry leader.

* The winning video will be featured on Fresh Dialogues and will help influence water use in California and may also help shape water policy both here and around the world!

Honorable Mention Prizes:

*Each will receive a Fresh Dialogues Drought Hero Award

* Each video will be featured as “honorable mentions” on Fresh Dialogues.


1. What’s the plan?

Make a short #DoingForDrought video (2 minutes max) on YouTube and mark it public. It could feature an interview with a family member, friend, or local business owner who is affected by the drought,  or it could be just you, telling the world what you’re doing for the drought.  If you don’t have a YouTube channel, use a friend’s channel or set one up, it’s easy.


Make a #DoingForDrought poster illustrating what you’re doing or what you think should be done.

2. Then what?

Send us a link to your video or send us a jpg of your poster using our contact page with your name, email and hometown.

3. Does it cost to enter?

No. It’s a free competition, open to all.

Fresh Dialogues Doing for Drought 4. What’s the Deadline?

Competition starts today and ends Friday October 10th, 2014

4. Who decides?

The winner and honorable mentions will be announced on Monday Oct 13th, 2014 by the Fresh Dialogues team. We will be looking for energetic and pithy messages. Be creative, be practical and most of all, have fun with it!

5. What else?

We encourage you to share the competition with friends and colleagues using the hashtag #DoingForDrought @FreshDialogues and share updates at Fresh Dialogues Facebook Page

6. Still got more questions?

Send us your burning questions using our contact page or on Facebook

Good luck!


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead




SF Exploratorium: World’s Largest Net-Zero Museum

SF Exploratorium: World’s Largest Net-Zero Museum

By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues

What’s the biggest and most impactful exhibit at the new San Francisco Exploratorium, opening April 17th?

Get this: It’s not the 330 year-old Douglas fir tree, sliced open to reveal stunning time markers, or the 20 foot tall “Tinkerers’ Clock,” powered by windshield wiper motors.

No. It’s the entire Exploratorium structure itself, an audacious experiment in green building that aims to create the world’s largest “net-zero” energy museum.

What’s “net-zero,” you ask? Simple, it’s a building that creates as much energy as it consumes.

How it works

Peter Rumsey, CTO at Integral Group led the design of the building’s net-zero components and explains to Fresh Dialogues how it all works in this video.

Net-zero energy features include:

Exploratorium Solar PanelsApprox. 6,000 high efficiency  solar panels;

A complex system that brings in 74,000 gallons of water per hour from San Francisco Bay to heat and cool the building via miles of floor-embedded pipes;

A rain-water catchment used for flushing toilets.

Rumsey may be an enthusiastic advocate for green building, but what gets him most excited is the idea that the San Francisco Exploratorium will inspire kids to think net-zero is the way of the future.

“They’re going to say, ‘Wow, that’s one of the things we can do to solve this whole big climate change problem,” says Rumsey. “We can design and build buildings that make their own energy and don’t create a carbon problem.’ As kids grow up and become leaders in society, they’ll be the ones saying, ‘we should just do that zero energy thing. I saw it when I was a kid…it was no big deal.'”


Exploratorium kids & bubbles

Despite much talk about the state of the art green building features, Rumsey says, “There’s nothing cutting edge about the building…we’ve taken things that are ‘off the shelf’ and applied them in creative and innovative ways. We call it ‘state of the shelf’.”

Find out more…

See what’s green in the Exploratorium (interactive floor plan)

Take a tour behind the scenes at the Exploratorium (video)

Listen to KQED’s Exploratorium story by Molly Samuel

Read Paul Rogers’s story in the San Jose Mercury News

Read more about net-zero buildings

Here’s a map of some creative net-zero buildings worldwide

With thanks to the Exploratorium for sharing the many stunning images of the building and exhibits featured in our video.