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Water Conservation

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Chad Carwein

on 20 May 2013

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Chad G. Carwein MPA-MSES, 2012 My vision for a campaign to promote water conservation on the UNCG campus. OUTLINE STARS Scorecard for UNCG

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
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