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Solutions to the drought in California



Water Wisdom with Leigh Adams
Practical, cross-cultural approaches to harvesting, utilizing and conserving water.

It is my honor to introduce my dear friend, colleague and a woman who I call my US mum, Leigh Adams tonight at the UNA Pasadena coffee talk. Leigh is the LA County Arboretum’s Artist-in-Residence, teacher, and garden designer, is currently curating and developing The Crescent Farm – A Living Demonstration of Water Conservation and Sustainable Landscapes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Leigh will present a storyteller’s approach to thinking about, teaching, harvesting and conserving water.

We have droughtbeen in a drought in California for many years and are currently faced   with some tough decisions we must make regarding water.  We are challenged by the ongoing drought, rapidly depleting groundwater, and our own cultural biases. Perhaps a look at how water is used in other cultures may offer some valuable clues to improving our local systems and overcoming these persistent, contemporary cultural difficulties with WATER



At tonight’s event, you will also have an opportunity to see some unique approaches taking place in your own neighborhoods. You will also hear about smart sprinkler irrigation controllers and rebates (in Pasadena rebates are as much as $250) you can receive in your area. For attendees and members you will receive a $40 discount off of a skydrop controller using the code ECMC40. The skydrop controller was created to help consumers monitor real-time weather patterns. The Smart Watering Technology gives you the power of weather based watering which saves time, water and money. Please contact me here or at elena@elenachristopoulos.com for more information on skydrop and how to receive your special offer!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

 $10 donation at the door all proceeds go to the United Nations Association.




Wonder Women Tech Conference



It is an honor to be speaking at the Wonder Women Tech Conference this weekend. I will be speaking @ 3PM SUN 3/1 on the Main Stage about sustainable technology, supporting women in Science and the initiative to get more girls into ‪#‎STEM. This fantastic event, which starts tomorrow will be packed with dynamic talks, thought-provoking panel discussions, a variety of activities, including a #hackathon, coding classes, gaming sessions, and media challenges, and the chance to meet inspiring people in tech and science #STEAM and #STEM from all over the country.


Come check it out!       ow.ly/JGd3g ‪#‎womeninscience ‪#‎wonderwomentech ‪#‎sustainableliving #WWT2015


The Big Dry: How Serious is California’s Drought?



Do you know what is affecting 37 million Californians in 2015?


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If you were in Southern California in December you will remember the rain. We

finally did have a few days of heavy rainfall, but that has not helped the fact that

we are still in a severe drought and the effects on over 37 million Californians is

still unknown. We do know that prolonged drought conditions in California are

increasing the risk for fires, landslides and contaminated water supplies.

California’s drought conditions are ramping up the risk for forest fires. Indirectly,

the increased risk of fires leads to the possibility of flooding and landslides. After

plants burn, they cover the forest floor with a residue that acts as a conduit for

water to flow. Then if you pour water on it, it will simply run right off. After forest

fires stop trees from holding soil, the soil enters our water supply and possibly

increasing the contamination of our freshwater.


A new analysis from NASA satellite data concluded that California would need 11

trillion gallons of water to recover from its three-year dry spell. That’s almost

equivalent to filling up Lake Meade, the United States largest reservoir, one and

a half times.


Our state needs much more rain and snow than we’ve experienced over the past

two years to end the drought in 2015. Californians, we must continue water

conservation practices.


Remember, every drop of water is important. Use water wisely. The drought is

on–turn your water off and take shorter showers or shower with a friend.

Here are 48 indoor tips from WaterUseItWisely on how you can save water. Use

the tips that work for you, it is a guide to help you conserve water.

If you like reading articles like this, please sign-up for my NEW newsletter to

learn more about how you can save water and other conservation measures.

Feel free to email me any questions at hello@elenachristopoulos.com.


1) When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.

2) Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.

3) If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

4) Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

5) Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

6) Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

7) Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

8) Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

9) Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

10) Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

11) Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

12) Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

13) If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead. Especially great for orchids.

14) Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

15) When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

16) Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

17) When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.

18) Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your city and county for codes.

19) If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead to an energy efficiency model.

20) Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.

21) Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.

22) Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.

23) Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.

24) When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.

25) If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.


LINER Magazine: Women in Charge



I am so very honored to be profiled in Liner Magazine‘s ‘Women in

Charge’ Issue that came out this month. This issue was very special.

From soup to nuts, only women worked on the issue and only

women were featured in the magazine.  The writers, the

photographers, the editors, the publisher shared their wonderful stories to

inspire other women.


Do give it a read and support wonderful women like the Founder &

Editor in Chief at Liner Magazine, Kelly Searle and her LA-based crew.

This winter issue was designed to specially to look at the lives of

women who are “shaping the world and the lives of others around

them”. The issue pays homage to all the women who

have influenced the life of the founder, Kelly Searle.


When I think about the women who have shaped my life, I immediately think about

the ‘mothers’ I have had the pleasure of having. I say mothers in the

plural sense as many women who have come before me have had

such strong influences in my life and in my life choices. My mum who

lives in Toronto taught me to never give up on anything and to always

have the fortitude to continue moving forward throughout my life.

There is my American mum, otherwise know as Leigh Adams who

besides being a fantastic sustainable gardener and colleague in the

environmental field, she has always shown me and supported me to

always use my voice and for issues that are near and dear to my

heart, such as human rights, basic rights for all men and women

throughout the world.


As we head into the holidays, which we will spend with our family or

friends or both, may you honor the ‘mothers’ in your life, the women

who have made an impact not just in your life but the lives of others

around you.


May you have a wonderful holiday season and I wish you nothing but

the best in 2015.

Sustainably yours,

Elena Christopoulos


Andrew Nisker – Liberal Party of Canada bid, Beaches – East York



Andrew Nisker is Toronto-born documentary filmmaker, environmental activist and entrepreneur whose work has taken him across Canada and around the world, giving him a deep appreciation for how lucky we are to be Canadians and a desire to make this an even better nation for our children.


Please read this message from Andrew and go out and support him in his bid for the Liberal Party of Canada nomination, Beaches-East York.
Thanks so much for your tremendous outpouring of support. We have almost filled all 80 roles for this Saturday andSunday. WAY TO GO.  As you know, life sometimes gets in the way and there will certainly be a few folks that won’t make it who have committed. So, for added insurance we are asking you, if you haven’t signed up already, to do so today.  Even if you have personally told me you will be coming out this weekend, we kindly ask that you take a few moments to register on our website so we can easily get in contact with you and keep track of numbers.

Tell us if you have an hour or eight to spare, which day or both and if you have a car or need a lift. The journey that started last winter is about reach it’s first critical stage, the nomination vote onDecember 14th. This Sunday from 12pm-4pm at East-York CI. Through your kind words of encouragement, donations and lots of emotional support; I’m proud to say we have a real shot at winning this.

As you know, this my first time running for a political party and I have to say, this experience has enriched my life. How? By getting out and knocking on doors and meeting the fine residents of Beaches  East – York.  Thank you so much for enabling me to do this. So how are elections won? Well, two simple ways. Knock on doors and connect with voters and then get them out to vote.
On Sunday, I need your help to get out the vote. For those of you with kids around Sebastian’s age and older, this is a great educational opportunity to teach your kids about how democracy works. Please bring them along!
So, are you up for a little adventure?
Here is what is happening.
The vote is from 12pm-4pm. The campaign needs the following help anytime between 9am-6pm.
If you can’t make it on Sunday, we could also use your help on Saturday.
Here is list of jobs:
Knock on identified Nisker supporters doors and remind them about the vote and confirm they are coming out to vote.  Deliver final election materials.
Pick up and drop off voters.
Work the phones and call voters.
Help voters when they arrive at the polling stations
If you can help us, please visit the following page and register asap so one of our team can reach out to you.
I am told, we have a very, very good chance to win this on Sunday. All of our hard work will only take us to victory with a strong team on hand this weekend. Please, find a few hours to help out and if you can’t
thank so very much for your generosity to get me this far.

In order to vote you must have registered before 5 PM on November 28, 2014.

The nomination meeting is taking place at East York Collegiate Institute.

Speeches will begin at 1 PM and voting will take place from noon to 4 PM on Sunday, December 14th.

Please bring a piece of Photo ID and proof of residence. For example, your Health card and a Hydro bill. Your Driver’s License has everything you need!

The vote is taking place by preferential ballot. This means you can mark more than one candidate. Please consider giving Andrew your number 1!

Please support my
Liberal Party Of Canada
nomination bid in Beaches-
East York.