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Transcript of Water Conservation
Recommendations for Facilities and Operations
Fostering Sustainability through Behavior Change Techniques
Case Studies from Other Colleges in the State of North Carolina LANDSCAPING Use xeriscaping with drought-tolerant plants
Utilize native plants around new developments
Use more mulch around trees, shrubs, and flowers
Plant warm season grasses on new athletic fields RESIDENCE HALLS Install shower timers with red lights that blink when it is time to finish
Institute the scheduled water meter calibration and replacement program
Include Office of Sustainability in design/review process of new Spartan Village
Complete retrofits and replacements on remaining 10-15% of toilets and faucets ACADEMIC BUILDINGS Upgrade meters to monitor steam vs. chilled water
Replace vacuum pumps using water circulation in research laboratories
Conduct a steam trap survey to identify and repair or replace leaking traps
Collect HVAC condensate through closed-loop capture systems for non-potable water BEHAVIOR CHANGE Compete to Conserve BEHAVIOR CHANGE Co-Curricular
BEHAVIOR CHANGE Approaches to Outreach BEHAVIOR CHANGE Proximity Cues CASE STUDY #1 Launched the Rainwater Harvesting System Clean Water Management Trust Fund Grant Project in 2012, a $710,000 campus wide environmental water conservation program.
The grant supported the installation of a cistern, which was projected to supply the campus with 90% of the irrigation water needed. CASE STUDY #2 CASE STUDY #3 RESOURCES AASHE (website)
William Peace University (website)
Elon University (website)
NC State University (website)
Appalachian State University (website)
UNC Chapel Hill (website)
UNC Pembroke (website)
UNC Greensboro (website)
Fostering Sustainable Behavior (e-book)
E.J. Johnson et al., "Beyond nudges: Tools of a choice architecture" Business Media Journal (2012) 23:487-504
V. Tiefenback et al., "For better or for worse? Empirical evidence of moral licensing in a behavior energy conservation campaign" Journal of Energy Policy 57 (2013) 160-167. SPECIAL THANKS Members of the UNCG Selection Committee
Jorge Quintal, UNCG Facilities Associate Vice Chancellor
Trey McDonald, UNCG Sustainability Coordinator
Dr. Aaron Allen, Co-Chair of the UNCG Sustainability Council
Mr. Scott Milman, Co-Chair of the UNCG Sustainability Council
Shahzeen Attari, IU SPEA Associate Professor
Lee Walters, IU Utilities and Engineering GIS Coordinator
Bill Brown, IU Sustainability Director, AASHE Board Secretary DINING FACILITIES
Eliminate food trays from ALL dining halls
Plan to install high-efficiency appliances in new kitchens or remodels
Plan ahead to allow time for natural thawing instead of running water over produce
Seek other opportunities (like Dining Hall renovation) for grey-water recycling systems Residence Hall Challenges
Academic Building Challenges
Fraternity / Sorority House Challenges "Hear a drip, give us a tip" leak detection program
"Remember to only do laundry when you have a full load"
"Leaving the faucet running for 1 minute uses 3-5 gallons of water"
"Turn the water off while shaving, washing face, and brushing teeth" Printed Materials Fact Sheets about water consumption
Brochures with tips on water conservation
Submit editorials to the student newspaper
Consumption Reports delivered weekly or monthly Faculty as principle agents of change
Staff e-newsletters, called "Water Watch"
Student pledges, listservs, and surveys Social Media Outreach Facebook Page as a platform to share stories of success
Twitter Profile to provide information on how to get involved
QR Codes linked to more resources and placed on all relevant materials Green Games Awards Students
Staff IRRIGATION RECREATION CENTER / FIELDS Increase the use of drip irrigation watering systems
Use cisterns, rain barrels, and USTs to harvest rain water
Look into non-potable water reclamation from the City of Greensboro
Continue periodic review / maintenance of pressure-regulated control system Themed Semester focusing on water conservation
Student Organization possibly called "Water Savers"
Awareness Day with events all about water conservation
Information Tabling at regularly scheduled events on campus Course Offerings related to water quality / conservation
Student / Intern Projects promoting water conservation Curriculum North Carolina State University William Peace University Removed trays from the serving line at the 3 dining halls to help conserve water during the drought of 2008. Cuts down on water use as well as food waste because people take less than "all-you-can-eat" without trays.
Calculated over 51,000 gallons of water is being saved by this transition each week. To put these savings into perspective, one week without trays saves more water than the average resident of Wake County uses in an entire year! Cutting back on car washing in university motor pool
Include Office of Sustainability in plans for irrigation of new recreation fields
Include Office of Sustainability in design/review process of new recreation center Elon University WATER SCARCITY According to the UNCG Climate Action Plan, "Greensboro estimates that average daily demand in its service area will rise 23.3% beyond 2010 consumption by 2030, and 42.2% by 2050 (City of Greensboro 2010)." Furthermore, a study conducted by the NRDC has identified the sustainability of Guilford County’s water supply as being at “High Risk.”
The UNCG Climate Action Plan also states, "this will have significant financial implications to end users, especially for UNCG because it is one of the largest consumers of water in the region."
In addition, "it is important to include water in this plan not only because of the potential scarcity and increased financial cost, but also because supplying water has its own, albeit small, climate footprint." Campus dishwashers and washing machines were replaced with Energy Star rated units in 2005. These units not only use less energy but also less water.
The estimated savings from the washing machines alone is 2,619,000 gallons of water and $21,437 per year. - Diffusion of Innovation
- Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
- Carbon Equivalent Labeling