Water

Introduction

Water conservation, recycling and reuse, and effective rainwater management practices are important in maintaining and protecting finite groundwater supplies. Likewise, pumping, delivering, and treating water is a major driver of energy consumption, so institutions can help reduce energy use and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation by conserving water. Water conservation and effective rainwater and wastewater management also reduce the need for effluent discharge into local surface water supplies, which helps improve the health of local water ecosystems.

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Kauai Community College Tiny House Hydro Electric Micro Grid Project Membership Required

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

During the Summer of 2016 a free Tiny House building course was offered free to the community of Kauai. The course ran for five days and focused on building the ...

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Modern Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kauai Community College (HI)

RECENT PROJECTS: Beach Cleanup Caddy (complete - STEM grant award pending - awaiting field testing) Assembled a cart system specifically designed for beach cleanups, outfitted with a detachable metal waste bin, wheel ...

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Funding Strategies for Non-Traditional University MS4 Stormwater Programs Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln (NE)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Stormwater programs have historically been stymied by lack of proper funding resources. Unlike drinking water and sanitary sewer utility services that long ago transitioned to enterprise funds, a stormwater utility ...

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Stanford University's R&DE Creatively Responds to the California Drought Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Sustainability is a core value to Stanford University's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). R&DE is responsible for about 1/3 of Stanford's campus, housing over 13,000 residents ...

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Reduce the Juice – Saving Energy in Halls of Residence Membership Required

  • AASHE (PA)
  • University of London

At the University of London, in England, we have launched a behaviour change programme aimed at students living on campus in the University’s halls of residence. The aim of ...

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Watershed UGA: A living laboratory transforming campus and community through teaching, research and service Membership Required

  • The University of Georgia (GA)

Watershed UGA created a vision and framework for using the campus as a living laboratory to advance sustainability through teaching, research, public service and outreach, and university operations. We are ...

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LEED® Platinum - University of Miami Frost School of Music Studios Membership Required

  • University of Miami (FL)

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the ...

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San Francisco State University Facilities Grounds dept. & Housing Sustainability Committee Membership Required

  • San Francisco State University (CA)

Students learned about the role Bioswales play in storm water management . A Bioswale is a large depression in the landscape that holds rain water and allows it to slowly percolate ...


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Earth Fest 2017 celebrates Space, Energy, and Water Membership Required

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS—APRIL 19-20, 2017-- This year’s Earth Fest theme is Space, Energy, and Water, featuring three guest speakers, an Exhibitor Expo, and a Dinner & Movie ...


SJSU Student Health and Wellness Center Membership Required

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The Student Health and Counseling facility was constructed to enhance access for students living on campus while balancing convenient care for the growing residential population through both location and features ...

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Boiler Feed Recycled Water Conversion Project Membership Required

  • San Jose State University (CA)

The Central Plant facilities at San Jose State University (SJSU) campus currently uses approximately 23,000 CCF annually of potable water at the boiler make-up water feed system. In order ...

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AU's Energy Team Partners with DOEE to educate the community Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • United States Department of Energy

In efforts to promote American University’s Annual Campus Beautification Day, the Energy and Engineering Team at AU partnered with the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to locate ...


Restroom Water Reduction Potential at an Urban University Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

A water audit was conducted at a variety of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus buildings to help evaluate the potential to conserve water and save the university money ...

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SAVE Sustainable Actions Visible Effects Membership Required

  • Academy of Court Reporting (OH)
  • Pomona College (CA)

Project Overview Pomona-College is excited to present their innovative partnership with MelRok, “The Streaming Energy Innovator”. This partnership is the foundation of Pomona’s SAVE, Sustainable Actions Visible Effects initiative ...

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Immerse in Your Watershed: Problem-Based, Service Learning for Undergraduate Sustainability Education Membership Required

  • Maharishi University of Management (IA)

This case study describes a problem-based and service learning module in which undergraduate students participated in a community-based project. Students joined a group consisting of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public ...

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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research Membership Required

  • University of Houston (TX)
  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)

Student groups at the University of Houston and University of Michigan have developed strategies for energy efficiency and water conservation on campus through research.

At the University of Michigan, a ...

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Case study for evaluating campus sustainability: nitrogen balance for the University of Minnesota Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Shane Stennes (MN)

American ecologists recently began to address the ecology of cities. Concurrently, higher education institutions have developed sustainability education programs and instituted sustainability policies and projects. This paper draws together these ...

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Communicating sustainability: student perceptions of a behavior change campaign Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • University of Calgary (AB)

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the impacts of a science-based environmental communication campaign at a university dining hall. The impacts are assessed in terms of student attitudes toward sustainability ...

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Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report Membership Required

  • Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers (APPA) (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (DC)

The Key Facilities Metrics Survey is a brief annual survey designed to encourage attention to a small number of key facilities metrics: total energy consumption per square foot, electricity consumption ...

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Community Partnerships for Stormwater Management Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
  • Villanova University (PA)

Hear from two universities, Villanova University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), on example stormwater projects both on and off campus. Learn what works and what doesn't in campus stormwater ...

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Universal Designs, Part 1: Nicaragua Membership Required

  • Villanova University (PA)

Universal Designs' documents the decade plus long relationship the Villanova engineering and nursing schools have with the remote region of Waslala, Nicaragua by highlighting the ways the relationship has transformed ...

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Optimizing Effluent Water Quality in Water Reclamation and Reuse Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Managing water-related challenges through water reclamation and reuse is vital to all bulk water consumers. Decentralized water reclamation and reuse decreases the demand for potable water supplies, provides increased resiliency ...

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Net Zero Water: not a dry Topic Membership Required

  • Williams College (MA)
  • Bruner/Cott Architects (MA)
  • Integrated Eco Strategy
  • Berkshire Design Group (MA)

Construction often negatively impacts the natural balance of water cycles. Even regions with historically abundant quantities of potable water are depleting aquifers, while record rainfall provides destructive amounts of storm ...

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Water Audit Process at the University of Illinois at Chicago Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Water is increasingly on the minds of campus facilities and sustainability administrators, specifically how to use less in campus buildings. As an initial step toward developing conservation strategies and priorities ...

  • Posted 8 months, 1 week ago
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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus Membership Required

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • University of Puget Sound (WA)

Over 100 North American universities have enacted policies banning bottled water and promoting tap water as a more preferable choice. This workshop will outline the steps of banning bottled water ...

  • Posted 8 months, 1 week ago
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Post Occupancy Evaluation for Landscapes Membership Required

  • Kirksey (TX)

Landscape design has the power to address multiple sustainability issues. These include providing shade, creating habitat, managing stormwater quality and quantity, minimizing light pollution, and providing usable outdoor spaces for ...

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Tracking student shower usage in real-time Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (MA)

Self-reported shower durations suffer from memory inconsistency and timing accuracy as humans generally have great difficulty telling time internally. Our pre- and post-program self-report surveys also introduce errors due to ...

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Knowledge Flows Downstream: Partnering to Build Watershed Awareness on Campus and at Local Elementary/Middle Schools.. Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

A collaboration between Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College provided undergraduate students with science-based information about watershed health, water quality and the impacts of excess storm ...

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HydroCats: Research and Citizen Science Applications for Water Harvesting Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

From its inception, University of Arizona HydroCats has been structured on community involvement and off-campus project development. This year, HydroCats interns have expanded the program's role in Tucson neighborhoods ...

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Sustainable General Chemistry: Incorporating Sustainability into Both Theme and Experiment Design in the Freshman Chemistry Lab Membership Required

  • Concordia College (NY)

Over the past decade, the general chemistry laboratory experience at Concordia College has evolved from a traditional expository style program to an inquiry based program which incorporates a number of ...

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UA Campus Garage Rain Water Harvesting Project Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

The University of Arizona Community Garden was started by a group of students in 2011. As of today, the community garden is being used to its full potential. Every plot ...

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Beyond the Campus: Community Engagement in Sustainability and Resilience Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In this session we will show how we engaged community partners in climate change resilience efforts and promoted energy and water conservation in the community. In 2015-16 the Institute for ...

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Creating a living system for treatment of greywater in a local business Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

In many areas of the world clean water is in limited supply. Most water from a home or business results in waste water known as greywater which contains no sewage ...

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Campus-Scale Water Reuse Solutions to Enhance Water Sustainability in Higher Ed Membership Required

  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Water reclamation and reuse is vital for bulk-water consumers, like college campuses, to meet water supply challenges. Campus-scale reclaimed water projects, like the WaterHub® at Emory University, are becoming increasingly ...

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A Water Quality Argument for Vegetated Roofs in Charleston, South Carolina Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

As part of the College of Charleston's Green Roofs initiative, we investigated the potential benefits of employing vegetated roof technology, specifically on the quality of Charleston's waterways. Using ...

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Water Conservation at the University of Houston Membership Required

  • University of Houston (TX)

The responsibility for ensuring a sustainable water future lies within the community as a whole. Because colleges and universities are inextricably woven into the communities in which they live, their ...

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Opening Keynote - Marc Edwards Membership Required

  • Virginia Tech (VA)

Marc Edwards is the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. A renowned expert on water contamination and MacArthur 'genius' grant recipient, Dr. Edwards led the research teams ...

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UNLV Sustainability - Water Bottle Reduction Efforts Membership Required

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas (NV)

Two complimentary bottled water initiatives at University of Nevada, Las Vegas are helping the university reduce bottled water waste while simultaneously raising funds for bottled water alternatives. A 5-Cent Surcharge ...

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Stanford Photos for Top Performer Categories Membership Required

  • Stanford University (CA)

Below are some photos that capture sustainability on Stanford's campus in the four categories in Research, Buildings, Water, and Diversity & Affordability.

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Muhlenberg College Water Conservation Native Plants Membership Required

  • Muhlenberg College (PA)

Muhlenberg College has a living learning experience for undergraduate students at the Treehouse. Here, students manage the permculture garden and community vegetable garden which includes a rainwater collection system. The ...

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Water is a priority at Wellesley College Membership Required

  • Wellesley College (MA)

Photo shows the importance of water at Wellesley College. We have our own wells and water treatment facility for potable water. The college is also located within the Charles River ...

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New System Can Help Save Water with a Couple of Clicks Membership Required

  • University of California, Merced (CA)

Quick-response codes are posted in each restroom in SSM so people can submit repair requests just by scanning with their smart phones.

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Penn State's Living Filter Membership Required

  • Pennsylvania State University (PA)

Students sample water quality at Penn State's "Living Filter", a 600-acre vegetated area where all treated effluent from the University’s wastewater treatment plant is spray applied, eliminating direct ...

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Installation of Coiled Heat Exchange at Miami University Membership Required

  • Miami University (OH)

Miami University’s new stormwater installation combines stormwater treatment and management, geothermal heating and cooling, energy reduction and water conservation. Through this system, rainwater is collected, slowed, cooled and cleaned ...

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Indiana State: Green Infrastructure for Water Membership Required

  • Indiana State University (IN)

Combined Sewer Overflows are a big problem for post-industrial towns like Terre Haute, Indiana, and as Indiana State University provides one of the largest concentrations of users of impervious surfaces ...

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CSUN's Saves 55 Million Gallons per Year Through Various Water Conservation Efforts Membership Required

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

In an effort to meet the State of California's mandated water conservation targets, California State University, Northridge has made significant strides in reducing water use through irrigation improvements and ...

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Water Conservation at the University of Houston Membership Required

  • University of Houston (TX)

A group of University of Houston students enrolled in Energy & Sustainability with similar interests in water conservation investigated a potential water-saving solution for the University of Houston.

Their research ...

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Parkerson Mill Creek restoration after one growing season Membership Required

  • Auburn University (AL)

This is Parkerson Mill Creek one growing season after completion of the stream restoration project.

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UOIT Storm Pond Membership Required

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (ON)

To manage runoff on the main UOIT campus, stormwater is directed to wet ponds, bioswales and storm ponds in a manner that demonstrates sustainable storm water design while enriching the ...

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Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Integrated Water Management is an intensive one-year degree program that will enable you to spearhead initiatives focused on water use, treatment, research and ...

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