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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Middlebury College Land Conservation at Bread Loaf

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Middlebury's conserved lands around the Bread Loaf campus provides a scenic backdrop for numerous activities.


Middlebury's Bread Loaf Mountain Campus and Surrounding Conserved Lands

  • Middlebury College (VT)

Middlebury College's 2100 acres of conserved land is surrounded by Green Mountain National Forest land. Middlebury's conserved lands are enjoyed by participants of its summer programs at the ...


Crystal Tulley-Cordova water research

  • University of Utah (UT)

CV Theis Groundwater Observatory

  • University of Cincinnati (OH)

The University of Cincinnati has completed the construction of the Great Miami Groundwater Observatory to continuously monitor water quality for over two million Ohio residents who rely on the Great ...


Southern Illinois University water bottle fill stations

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

With support from the campus green fund, Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently installed 27 water bottle fill stations in various buildings around campus in efforts to reduce consumption of single-use ...


Niagara College Sustainability Engagement

  • Niagara College Canada (ON)

The following images depict various events and initiatives that take place at Niagara College that can be used towards students' Co-Curricular Records, and the LEAD Sustainability stream. These events include ...


Loyola Chicago's Water Conservation Carnival

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

As part of a water conservation grant, Loyola hosted a Water Conservation Carnival featuring the 97 year-old face of water conservation, Sr. Jean Schmidt. As part of the project, water ...


Loyola's Lake Shore Campus Chapel on the shores of Lake Michigan

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola's Lake Shore Campus Chapel on the shores of Lake Michigan.


Loyola's Lake Shore Campus on the shores of Lake Michigan

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

LEED Silver Klarchek Information Commons. Loyola's Lake Shore Campus on the shores of Lake Michigan.


Community responses to the removal of bottled water on a university campus

Purpose

This paper aimed to examine the impact of the removal of bottled water on the campus community. This paper presents the findings of a survey conducted at the first ...

  • Posted Aug. 28, 2017
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Parks and Sustainability

  • Kent State University - Stark (OH)

Picture of a student in Kent State University at Stark's Introduction to Watershed Studies. This course was created through a park and campus partnership.


Kauai Community College Tiny House Hydro Electric Micro Grid Project

  • 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 ...


Modern Sustainability

  • 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 ...


Funding Strategies for Non-Traditional University MS4 Stormwater Programs

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


Reduce the Juice – Saving Energy in Halls of Residence

  • 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 ...

  • Posted May 18, 2017
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Watershed UGA: A living laboratory transforming campus and community through teaching, research and service

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...


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

  • 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 ...

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Earth Fest 2017 celebrates Space, Energy, and Water

  • 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 ...

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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SJSU Student Health and Wellness Center

  • 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 ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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Boiler Feed Recycled Water Conversion Project

  • 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 ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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AU's Energy Team Partners with DOEE to educate the community

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

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 ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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Restroom Water Reduction Potential at an Urban University

  • 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 ...

  • Posted April 20, 2017
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SAVE Sustainable Actions Visible Effects

  • 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 ...

  • Posted March 9, 2017
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Immerse in Your Watershed: Problem-Based, Service Learning for Undergraduate Sustainability Education

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 20, 2017
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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Developing Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Strategies Through Student Research

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 16, 2017
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Case study for evaluating campus sustainability: nitrogen balance for the University of Minnesota

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 27, 2017
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Communicating sustainability: student perceptions of a behavior change campaign

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Jan. 13, 2017
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Key Facilities Metrics Survey and Report

  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (VA)
  • National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO) (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 ...


Community Partnerships for Stormwater Management

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Universal Designs, Part 1: Nicaragua

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Optimizing Effluent Water Quality in Water Reclamation and Reuse

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Net Zero Water: not a dry Topic

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Water Audit Process at the University of Illinois at Chicago

  • 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 Nov. 18, 2016
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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus

  • 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 Nov. 18, 2016
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Post Occupancy Evaluation for Landscapes

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Tracking student shower usage in real-time

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Knowledge Flows Downstream: Partnering to Build Watershed Awareness on Campus and at Local Elementary/Middle Schools..

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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HydroCats: Research and Citizen Science Applications for Water Harvesting

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Sustainable General Chemistry: Incorporating Sustainability into Both Theme and Experiment Design in the Freshman Chemistry Lab

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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UA Campus Garage Rain Water Harvesting Project

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Beyond the Campus: Community Engagement in Sustainability and Resilience

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Creating a living system for treatment of greywater in a local business

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Campus-Scale Water Reuse Solutions to Enhance Water Sustainability in Higher Ed

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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A Water Quality Argument for Vegetated Roofs in Charleston, South Carolina

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Water Conservation at the University of Houston

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Opening Keynote - Marc Edwards

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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UNLV Sustainability - Water Bottle Reduction Efforts

  • 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 ...

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2016
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Stanford Photos for Top Performer Categories

  • 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.

  • Posted Sept. 20, 2016
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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

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Water Partners

APTech Group Inc.

Cincinnati, OH
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Sustainable Water, LLC

Glen Allen, VA
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