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Falcon Continues Partnership with CCLA & B Local LA Webinar

Falcon is proud to announce the continuation of our partnership with the local affiliation of B Corporations, B Local LA, and Conscious Capitalism Los Angeles and we will be helping to lead an Intro to B Corps 101 Webinar on February 28th at 11amPST.

Falcon’s very own Marketing & Product Director, Andrea Chase, who also serves as the Chair of B Local LA, will be leading the conversation with prominent CCLA Board Member, Francesco Barbara of Barbara Law Group acting as the moderator.  In this introductory session, particpants will have the opportunity to talk with B Corp business leaders about how to join the movement and take steps to make your business more socially and environmentally conscious. The webinar will cover terminology, what it means to be a certified B Corporation vs. a Benefit Corporation, an overview of the assessment process, and how you can get your company started In this process.

You can register for the webinar here.

B Corps are mission-driven businesses built for social impact. Hailed by the Brookings Institute for harnessing “the promise of capitalism to achieve a shared and durable prosperity,” B Corps in Los Angeles and across the world are redefining what it means to use business as a force for good.

For more information about how you can become a B Corporation or Falcon’s experience as a B Corporation, please contact Andrea Chase at achase@falconwaterfree.com.

Falcon Honored at OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic

LOS ANGELES – November 4, 2016

Join us on November 7th to celebrate a great year with the Orthopaedic Institute for Children as we, along with our partner Sloan, are awarded for the Paul Runyan award.  Our partnership to donate and install Sloan’s industry-leading water conserving fixtures in every restroom at the hospital with a value of $25,000 including 40 low flow faucets, 16 high efficiency toilets and 15 waterfree urinals will save OIC nearly $1 million and more than 22.5 million gallons of water over the lifetime of the units.

Proceeds from the OIC Swing for Kids Golf Classic will support the OICare for Kids Fund. This year’s tournament will celebrate OIC’s worldwide efforts, highlighting our International Children’s Program and OIC’s research, education and patient care globally. With your participation and support, OIC will continue to care for kids in need and pay for 100% of a child’s care when needed. To date, OIC has helped over 2 million patients – 150,000 of them (from over 15 countries) through ICP. For more information or to register, please visit www.swingforkidsgolf.org.

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Our New Hybrid Urinal Earns You Maximum LEED Points

Water supplies have been shrinking around the world. As a result, businesses have been moving towards sustainable construction, making green building one of the hottest global trends. This evolution of sustainable building design  has created a drive for water conservation and a demand for high efficiency plumbing products to minimize water consumption, ultimately increasing the popularity of LEED certification. Today, we are excited to announce that our latest revolutionary product, the Hybrid Urinal– available through Sloan Valve Company – can earn you maximum LEED points.

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The Hybrid Urinal’s revolutionary design does not require water after each use. Instead, our Hybrid technology uses a multi-patent pending flush system that automatically performs a full gallon (4 liters) flush through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours. This timed power-washing eliminates the need for bucket dumps & bottle brush cleaning and helps clean out any sediment build up from your housing and pipes.

We have listened to the market’s needs and have blended the best attributes of waterfree technology with the best of flushing technology- creating the most hygienic, water-saving, high performance urinal available on the market.

In case you have been hiding under a rock, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings —from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. To earn points, projects address sustainability issues across several areas and receive one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. LEED certified buildings use less water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide healthier indoor environments and save money at the same time.

In order to take advantage of the synergistic effects of the best urinal technology in the market, we invite you to try our Hybrid urinals, featuring use our world-class Velocity Cartridge. We can assure you, the environment and your maintenance staff will thank you. Plus, you will achieve maximum LEED points.  

California Drought Update

Despite higher reservoir levels and increases in water allocation to farmers, the state of California is entering its fifth year of drought. Across the western United States, extensive reports have shown the dramatic reduced snowmelt in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, a critical provider of water in California and the agricultural belt in its Central Valley. For example, a study from the Pacific Institute shows California’s Snowpack water content has decreased from 87% of normal to 60% in one month due to overall hotter temperatures. Climate change has altered the State’s temperature cycle forever, and El Niño did not bring the relief that California was waiting for.

urlIn response, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-37-16, Making Water Conservation A California Way of Life on May 9th, 2016, in an effort to build a drought resilient state. The regulations direct the State Water Resource Board to adjust emergency regulations through January 2017 and recognize the differing water supply conditions over the state. It also gives power to local communities to weigh in on their own conservation goals.

In addition, the order makes numerous conservation practices permanent. For example: It prohibits the practice of eliminating waste water, and requires to strengthen local drought resiliency by updating requirements for urban Water Shortage Contingency Plans. Each water agency will continue to have a customized conservation target and adopt practices that improve water saving with the goal of generating more savings than the existing requirements.

To achieve these targets, cities and agencies across the state will have to make long term commitments to rebate programs that encourage the use of high efficiency fixtures, such as Falcon’s Waterfree Technologies’ waterless urinals and hybrid and commit to serious conservation outreach that will drive results.

There is no doubt that California’s water situation needs the implementation of policies and programs along with water conservation technologies to prepare the state for the uncertainty of the weather and the aggravating effects of global warming. As we watch these new regulations go into effect and conservation laws be considered, one can only hope that older, less water efficient buildings and practices be phased out in the early years. 

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Regulatory Rundown: February Water Conservation Numbers

On April 5th, the State Water Resource Control Board released statewide conservation numbers for the month of February. The temperature and precipitation monitor showed that the state was hotter and wetter than its’ 2013 comparison baseline. It also showed that the state was 96% of its overall conservation goal.

Out of the total 399 water suppliers reporting, 218 met their conservation goals with 113 water agencies missing their goal by 5% to over 15%. This gap, between those that have missed or met their conservation standards has hovered in the same amount for most of the year. Unfortunately, conservation for many cities has not become a way of life or the baseline for conservation was already very low.

To address a cities inability to move the needle it is important to look at the different sources of water. In the Sacramento Bee’s option section, Jay Lund wrote a piece called “Inevitable changes in California’s water supply”, which outlines six changes that will need to take place in order for California to sustain the state’s ecosystem. The six changes are:

  1. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will export less water and some islands will flood
  2. The San Joaquin Valley will have less irrigated land
  3. Urban areas will use less water, reuse more wastewater and capture more stormwater
  4. Some wild native species will become unsustainable
  5. Water solutions and funding will become more local and regional
  6. Water will be managed more tightly

Mr. Lund expands on each point in his article, which we provide a link to below. To move in this inevitable future, California’s cities will need to feel the a higher urgency and stronger push form the State. If the State is still unable, to move 113 water agencies to reach their conservation goals we may run into some serious trouble down the line. Number three, two, and five must be done in synergy to achieve the real conservation we need and must be done with an accurate tool to achieve it.

Tune in next time, as we examine the economic differences of the customers base with in each water supplier district.

  http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article74729642.html

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Regulatory Rundown: Emergency Regulations Update

In follow up to our last Regulatory Rundown post, the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) has now issued adjustments in the mandatory water reductions targets. Based on climate, population increase and investment in water sources, the State Water Resource Control Board considered all water supplier petitions and has made several adjustments. The new conservation standards, released last week, awards reductions between 1 and 8% with one water supplier receiving a reduction of over 15%.

For the past year, California has been able to reduce its water usage by roughly 23.9% (compared to 2013). While this is a great accomplishment it remains 1% shy of the Governor’s original 25% target. With the state entering its 5th year of drought, reductions in water supplier’s conservation standards seem to be lessening despite pressure and urgency of an extreme climate condition on the State, that isn’t going away anytime soon.

Even though water suppliers are being heard and reductions are granted in order to create a fair reduction goal, this should not overshadow the fact that this dry weather is California’s new reality.  We should draw our attention and efforts to solutions and ways to build a sustainable water infrastructure, where conservation mandates are no longer necessary and conservation is a Californian way of life. Despite regional differences in water supply and conservation targets, it is important that we work together for long term solutions so that we all feel the need to conserve. Even though El Nino favored Northern California this time around, Southern California was missed and reservoirs remain dry.

As a California native, I would like to see our elective officials respond by prioritizing policies that enact long term resilience and reform to our State’s outdated way of governing the world’s most precious resource, water. While sports teams in California don’t always get along, especially when the Giants and Dodgers are lined up to play this weekend, I hope that we can come together to develop innovative conservation solutions. Our approach to regional challenges will differ, however, it is important that we continue to push forward and put pressure on ourselves to conserve.

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Falcon Partners with Dig Deep for World Water Day

Los Angeles, CA — March 22,2106

As a B corporation, we are always working on ways to give back to our local community and help to build a long term, sustainable infrastructure. We believe that every child and family should have access to clean running water and we could not be more proud to celebrate World Water Day this year by announcing our partnership with DigDeep on the Baby Lisa Project.

Baby Lisa was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has been diagnosed with microvillus inclusion disease, a life-threatening condition that prevents the absorption of nutrients from food during digestion, resulting in malnutrition and dehydration.

Since her diagnosis a year and half ago, Baby Lisa has been living in a medical facility 3 hours away from her home, located in the remote Arizona desert. Unfortunately, Baby Lisa cannot receive the medical attention she needs and return home until her family’s house can meet sanitation requirements and have access to running water.  Baby Lisa’s family is one of many American families that suffer from water poverty – a tremendous issue that is often over looked and forgotten about in the United States. Water is crucial to Baby Lisa’s recovery and without access to running water in her home doctors are refusing to give her the transplant she desperately needs.

 

CaptureEven though the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) considers them ‘first priority’, Baby Lisa’s family still has to wait 2 or 3 years to get running water in their home – time that Baby Lisa does not have.  In order to bring Lisa home, we are partnering with DigDeep, a non profit organization who defends clean water access as a human right, to provide sustainable, water conservation fixtures for Baby Lisa’s home.

Today, on World Water Day, DigDeep has launched an incredible campaign to help Baby Lisa’s family renovate their home to meet the standards needed for Lisa to return. We could not be more proud to help build a sustainable and hygienic infrastructure for Baby Lisa and her family, and we encourage everyone to join in and help contribute by donating at http://www.babylisa.org/ .

Together, we can build Baby Lisa home with running water and take her family out of water poverty

Smarti Partners with Falcon In Key UK Market

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Los Angeles, California   March 15, 2016 As a company committed to changing the world by developing revolutionary, technology-driven restroom products that conserve our Earth’s precious fresh water supply and to use the power of our business and products to help solve local social and environmental problems, Falcon Waterfree Technologies is proud to announce our partnership with Smarti Environmental Products LTD in the UK.

Under this agreement with Falcon, a certified B Corporation, Smarti reinforces their commitment to both environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.  The addition of Falcon’s water conscientious technologies align with Smarti’s initiatives to offer water conserving devices with full service maintenance targeted to architects, contractors and end users who seek the highest quality commercial restroom products.

“We are delighted to be in a partnership with such a great company and our joint ethos, creative drive and commitment to deliver market leading water free urinal technology, environmental benefits and service, whilst supporting charities, will ensure we continue to save many thousands of liters of water and costs for our growing customer base in the UK.” said Martin Richards, Director, with Smarti Environmental Products.

To Falcon, this agreement represents a continued commitment to develop partnerships with quality companies that value both environmental and social welfare.

“Smarti’s way to market gives us a unique opportunity to share the benefits of technology and service for the best customer experience in the important UK market,” stated Simon A. Davis, President & CEO of Falcon Waterfree Technologies.

Each Falcon waterfree urinal annually saves an annual average of up to 40,000 gallons (151,000 liters) or more fresh water. With over fifteen years in market and countless Falcon urinals installed throughout the world, Falcon Waterfree urinals have directly saved over an estimated 20 billion gallons (75.5 billion liters) of water.  Endlessly devoted to innovation, Falcon’s waterfree urinal system is the best available worldwide and holds many patented features that make maintenance easier to end customers.  All Falcon cartridges are compatible with the Falcon housing, use of any competitor cartridges in the Falcon system voids the Falcon warranty and can cause detrimental maintenance and performance issues.

For more information, please contact:

Falcon Waterfree Technologies
Francisco Vilagut
Vice President of European Sales
Rda.Gral. Mitre 36
08017 Barcelona, Spain
Email: fvilagut@falconwaterfree.com
www.FalconWaterfree.com

Smarti Environmental Products LTD
Martin Richards
Director
Peamore Centre, Alphington
Exeter, Devon, EX2 9SL
Email: martin@smartilimited.com
www.smartiwaterfree.com