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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Watershed UGA: Creating a University-wide Culture of Sustainability

  • University of Georgia (GA)

Thanks to funding and inspiration from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, in 2015 the University of Georgia and its community partners have created a vision and framework for using campus ...

  • Posted June 11, 2016
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Facilities and students working together for water conservation

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

The University of Texas at Austin’s facilities management initiated a comprehensive program in fall 2007 to develop and implement demand-side water conservation measures. During this project it was determined ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Duke Water Reclamation Pond

  • Duke University (NC)

After a severe drought in 2007, Duke spearheaded water reclamation projects across campus. The 5.5 acre reclamation pond collects storm water from 22% of Duke's main campus, over ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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The Water Hub at Emory University

  • Emory University (GA)

The WaterHub® is a decentralized, district-scale water reclamation and reuse system serving Emory University’s main campus in Atlanta, Georgia. As the first of its kind in the United States ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Changing Norms by Changing Behavior: The Princeton Drink Local Program

  • Princeton University (NJ)

Unprecedented levels of global bottled water consumption present a major challenge for the environment and water conservation initiatives. Educational institutions are in a unique position to promote conservation behavior by ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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Western's Water Management Program

  • Western University (ON)

Western University has over 90 buildings and most of them didn’t have a water meter. Only those buildings with a direct feed from the City had a meter. In ...


CSUN's Approach to Water Conservation Through an Irrigation System Upgrade

  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

California State University, Northridge is located in Southern California, an arid region that has been in a drought for several years. With the drought conditions continuing all Californians have been ...


Sustainable Carolina Farm and Garden Hydroponics

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Sustainable Carolina is a student run organization within the University of South Carolina, working to better our campus by making it more sustainable. We work with students, staff, professors, and ...


What’s Wrong with the Tap? Examining Perceptions of Tap Water and Bottled Water at Purdue University

  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (MN)
  • Purdue University (IN)

The environmental impacts of bottled water prompted us to explore drinking water choices at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, IN. A random sample of 2,045 Purdue University students ...


Water Conservation at the University of Houston

  • 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 ...


Decision-Analytic Approach for Water Sustainability Definition: A Higher Education Case Study

  • George Washington University (DC)

The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of a multi-criteria decision analysis approach that can be used to circumscribe the definition of sustainability within an organization or ...


SustainableCI "What's On Your Plate" Challenge

  • California State University, Channel Islands (CA)

GIven California's drought situation, it was important to have a water themed challenge for Earth Day 2016, and using http://graphics.latimes.com/food-water-footprint/ as a reference source, "What ...


CNU Green Earthday Clean-up

  • Christopher Newport University (VA)

Christopher Newport University's Office of Sustainability (CNU Green) hosted a volunteer event to clean up Lake Maury. Lake Maury is a lake in Newport News, VA which is part ...


The Unintended Consequences of Changes in Beverage Options and the Removal of Bottled Water on a University Campus

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Objectives. We investigated how the removal of bottled water along with a minimum healthy beverage requirement affected the purchasing behavior, healthiness of beverage choices, and consumption of calories and added ...


Rising-seas.org Project

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

RISING-SEAS.ORG is an online alliance of passionate individuals dedicated to bridging climate awareness and action from all angles. It features visual advocacy campaigns to visualize the communities most endangered ...

  • Posted April 20, 2016
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Watershed Science Certificate

  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

The Watershed Science Certificate is designed for students interested in gaining a better understanding of the interactions among the physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect our watersheds and wetlands ...

  • Posted April 12, 2016
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Water Footprint Calculator

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

Learn about the water "hidden" in food, energy and the things you buy. The Water Footprint Calculator provides a snapshot of how your daily activities and routines impact your water ...


WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

WaterSense at Work is a compilation of water efficiency best management practices (BMPs) that help commercial and institutional facilities understand and better manage their water use, establish an effective water ...

  • Posted March 29, 2016
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ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the ...


AWS International Water Stewardship Standard

  • Alliance for Water Stewardship

The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard) is an international, ISEAL-compliant, standard that defines a set of water stewardship criteria and indicators for how water should be stewarded at ...


Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

  • World Resources Institute (DC)

Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. The Atlas uses a robust ...


One World One Water (OWOW) Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

The One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver strives to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and ...

  • Posted March 14, 2016
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Watershed UGA; A living laboratory transforming campus and community through teaching, research and service.

  • University of Georgia (GA)

This case study will introduce a new initiative at the University of Georgia, Watershed UGA, designed to engage the campus community in sustainability through campus watersheds. This transformative university-wide model ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 17th Avenue Residence Hall and Dining Center Gray Water System

  • TKDA (MN)

The Architect-of Record and Lead Mechanical Engineer will present an overview of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities's 17th Avenue Residence Hall and Dining Center's gray water system ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Banning Bottled Water on Campus; Beyond Excuses

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Over 100 colleges and universities across the US and Canada have enacted a policy of responsible water sales in their purchasing. Such a drastic change for an institution is made ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Communicating & Visualizing Sustainability: The Effects of Biomimic Marketing For Water Refill Stations on Campus, A Case Study

  • Maryville College (TN)

As the field of sustainability grows, it becomes ever important to consider how sustainability is communicated, designed and visualized to aid in successful engagement, perceptions and implementation of sustainability-based programs ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Moving towards Water Sustainability on Campus: A Collaborative Approach

  • Weber State University (UT)

Rising water stress in the American West demands that campuses in this region plan proactively for wiser water use. At WSU, a partnership between faculty researchers and operations staff has ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Top Three Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting Systems

  • Kirksey (TX)

This presentation will focus on the benefits of large-scale rainwater collection on campuses. Our presentation and charrette will be organized around the top three direct benefits of rainwater collection: Resiliency ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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HydroCats: Water Harvesting and Community Connections in Tucson

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Like an infant born from Tucson's sustainable communities, the University of Arizona's HydroCats project has developed in less than a year from the glimmer of an idea to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Bottled Water Policy: The six-year journey

  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

Years of thoughtful research, consideration, and communication with other universities went into the creation of the Bottled Water Policy created by the Bemidji State University Student Senate in 2015. The ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Stormwater Management Approaches on Campus Connect Community to Local Waterways Through Water Innovations Walking Tour

  • Wilfrid Laurier University (ON)

Our proposed poster will showcase a novel approach to community partnerships and out-of-classroom learning experiences. As an official event of Canada Water Week 2015, Laurier partnered with REEP Green Solutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Appalachian State University/Scale Free Systems Project

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Scale Free Systems is a chemical free solution to scaling as well as corrosion and bacterial control in heat transfer equipment. The Scale Free System has been proven to prevent ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Mapstories

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Mapstories, 2011, is a large, interactive, multimedia artist's book with moveable, layers of map and photo images under plastic film, mounted on a fabric-covered plywood base. Viewers/participants explore ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Georgia Tech: Leading the Way to Sustainability Through Comprehensive Water Management (2015)

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

Georgia Tech has taken strides to understand and improve its water footprint. From its Stormwater Master Plan to wastewater reclamation/reuse, Georgia Tech is implementing a water management system to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Emory University's WaterHub: Using Water Reclamation to Shrink an Institution's Water Footprint

  • Emory University (GA)

Emory University is proud to house on its campus the first WaterHub in the country, a unique, ecologically based water reclamation system. Over three years in the making, the facility ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Lessons from Germany to the US 2: Water

  • Grinnell College (IA)

Despite the economic and social costs of frequent flooding in Iowa, stormwater handling and agricultural runoff are perennial problems, while in Germany, rainwater infiltration systems are required in most cities ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Stormwater Runoff Management and Green Infrastructure on Loyola University Chicago

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Stormwater runoff is a major problem all cities face. The Stormwater Runoff Management Project is a student-led project working with campus sustainability staff who's goal is to reduce the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Look Here exhibition - at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design

  • Minneapolis College of Art Design (MN)

This exhibition spotlights seven Minnesota artists and designers working to change people's perception and understanding of our impact on the natural world. A focal point of this show is ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Researching Water Issues in First Year Composition: A Multi-Perspectives Approach

  • Sinclair Community College (OH)

According to the United Nations, 'every year millions of people are severely affected by poor water quality, scarcity and floods. Several billion lack access to safe drinking water and improved ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus (2014)

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Over 90 universities across the US and Canada have enacted a policy of responsible water sales in their purchasing. They have each banned the sale of bottled water at their ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Catchment systems through collaboration: A strategic framework

  • Oregon State University (OR)

In Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State University (OSU), the majority of rain falls between November and April, with significantly less falling in the summer months. Thousands of gallons of ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Innovative Water Collection and Filtration of Garage Contaminants

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Students for Sustainability’s (SfS) Water Committee, a program of Associated Students of the University of Arizona, focuses on water conservation and education on water related issues at the University ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Georgia Tech: Leading the Way to Sustainability Through Comprehensive Water Management (2014)

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Universities regularly implement advanced strategies to decrease and optimize energy and water usage. In a region riddled with issues, such as drought, legal disputes over water supply, and EPA consent ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Georgia Tech’s Stormwater Master Plan - Educational Overlay

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Sustainable Water, LLC (VA)

In an effort to use the campus as a living learning laboratory, Georgia Tech is now developing an Educational overlay to the Stormwater Master Plan. This overlay intends to supplement ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Water Action Plan - How to achieve real water savings

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

The University of California (UC) has committed to reducing their per capita potable water use by 20% by 2020. All UC Campuses are writing water action plans that outline strategies ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sponsored Theater Presentation: Elkay

  • ELKAY (IL)

Elkay, a name known for pioneering the most innovative clean water delivery methods, will showcase its latest technology in Water Bottle Filling Stations. Looking to offer a more sustainable solution ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Incorporating Reuse Water and On-Site Storm Water Management

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

As a major regional university located in the southeast, this presentation will focus on sustainable techniques used to address both drought and storm water management issues. Be it climate change ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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We’re gonna get hydrated! Shrinking bottled water use (without a ban)

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

While students on some campuses work to ban (or to fight bans on) bottled water, positive partnerships at the University of Minnesota Duluth provided infrastructure, education, and social-norming around the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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A Comprehensive Campus-wide Water Management Plan

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

As a campus, we are committed to sustainable growth in order to improve the human condition. Sustainable water management has become a critical issue for the region, which has struggled ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Water Conservation and Pollution Mitigation at the Source: A Cooperative Town-Gown & Private Sector Mission for a Sustainable Future

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

With less than one percent of accessible freshwater on Earth available for drinking water, there is a critical need to conserve and recycle water. In addition, municipal water and wastewater ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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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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