Our Costly Neglect of Drinking Fountains

Have you thought much about drinking fountains, or even seen one lately? They used to be everywhere—in all kinds of public buildings and in parks. Building codes specified how many drinking fountains a public building should have. They still do, … Continue reading

Benjamin Franklin’s battle against water pollution

Some time ago I came across a web page that claimed Benjamin Franklin as America’s first environmentalist. To begin with, Franklin petitioned the local government in 1739 to forbid tanneries to dump their wastes into the Delaware River. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading