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This video features our very own Manny Hernandez, Professor of Art at Northern Illinois University, talking about the water filter. The video was taken during a  filter demonstration during the Batavia, Illinois Green Art Walk in April 2008.  Manny commented, “I wasn’t prepared for it, so everything I said was off the cuff.” The video is just under six minutes in length and offers a good overview of the ceramic water filter technology. You can see water dripping from the filter and at one point, Manny drinks some of the filtered water–water that came from a local river.

This site showcases an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum dedicated to water. The subtitle of the site is:

a multi-disciplinary examination of the nature, properties, place, significance, importance,
and role of WATER in the life and culture of this planet”

Content including art, history, dance, and film are included as are literature and other important subjects. take a look.

I do not know when or how I found this story. It reminds me in some ways of how Dick Wukich and Manny Hernandez have traveled to other countries–including Iraq–to help people who need clean drinking water.

“Both the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers run through the heart of Iraq. Rather, the challenge is water treatment. Someone with civil engineering experience is invaluable in helping fix this sort of problem. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s senior reservist, Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fraundorfer, has such expertise so water treatment became the focus of his recent deployment. As deputy chief of Water Sector for the Gulf Region Division in Iraq, he worked alongside Air Force, civilian and Iraqi civil engineers in a construction crew whose effort has led to positive changes in the lives of the Iraqis.

“Most of our work in reconstruction took us into Baghdad to work with the various Iraqi government ministries and to job sites throughout the city,” said the Altoona, Pennsylvania native.

In addition to potable water projects, Fraundorfer and his team worked on improving dams and irrigation capabilities to boost the country’s agricultural output as well.”

The Avatar Action Center in Second Life. What a great connection and example for work in virtual reality and real world reality.

“The Avatar Action Center (AAC) is a budding virtual world-based educational nonprofit organization created in Second Life. The AAC is dedicated to raising awareness of sustainability issues in the real world and strives to remind virtual world citizens that there are problems in the real world that need attention, and that they themselves can help make a difference.”

Water Library is a “must visit” for artists and educators interested in water and the environment. This is an amazing site with great curriculum ideas and works of art related to water and environmental issues. It is a book, a www site, and a resource. There is a section on water borne disease and non-potable water. The site and project were created by Basia Irland, (Professor, Department of Art and Art History).

THE GREEN. This part of the Sundance Channel‘s www site is all about eco- and green living and being in the world. There are amazing videos, films, and other sources of information to be found. THE GREEN is a television series, but on the www it is so much more. Here, you can “Watch clips about the latest green innovators and artists on Sundance Channel’s THE GREEN.” Take a look.

The Good Fight.

Also worth checking out is Simran Sethi’s series called THE GOOD FIGHT. “What, in your life, is worth fighting for? THE GOOD FIGHT is a new web series from Sundance Channel that looks at the places where environmentalism is a necessity, not a luxury.” This is an inspirational site.

Ok, so we are focused on using clay and silver to filter water. But what about other materials? Read this November 2006 article (from Penn State Live) to learn more about using scrap tires to filter water.

“Dr. Yuefeng Xie, associate professor of environmental engineering at Penn State Harrisburg, has developed a method that uses crumb rubber to filter wastewater, which can help ease the tire problem and clean up the environment at the same time.

‘My research has found that crumb rubber, derived from waste tires, can be used as a filter media,” Xie explains. “The crumb rubber could be used for treating wastewater, ship ballast water and storm water.'”

Here is a useful journal you might find interesting: The Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training, and Education.

“The CCAHTE Journal is your creative arts, health,
training and education connection. You’ll find information about creative arts approaches in staff health and wellness, arts raising awareness about social issues and health, information and resources that will benefit those involved in gerontology and education, nursing education, social work, medical education & health training.”

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