Sustainable Campus

Water Efficiency


  • Stormwater management plans
  • Sink aerators
  • Low-flow Toilets
  • Water-bottle refill stations

Multiple buildings across campus have earned LEED points for having water efficient landscaping, innovative wastewater technologies and water-use reduction properties. The Science and Technology Building, University Student Center, and Lynn Pippenger Hall were built with intentions to reduce water use inside the buildings. These buildings utilize sink aerators which reduce the water flow from one gallon per meter to a half of a gallon per meter. Our green buildings also have toilets that require only 1.25 gallons per flush instead of 2.74 gallons per flush.


Outside of building appliances, the university has also delved into outdoor water management strategies. The Science and Technology Building and the University Student Center were constructed with stormwater runoff management plans that inhibit pollution from entering natural water sources. The Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance parking lot incorporates rain gardens, which contribute to effective stormwater management. Not only do the rain gardens act as a carbon sink and reduce the amount of automotive waste entering waterways, but they replenish the groundwater supply and create a native ecosystem within the urban landscape.