Water Conservation

Title Abstract Publication Date
Rainwater: The Untapped Resource. Discusses the relationship of water use to energy consumption, and advocates for greater use of collected rainwater for irrigation and toilets. Advantages of rainwater use include reduction of... 06/30/2008
Respecting the Elements. Discusses sustainable school landscape design and maintenance. Promotion of low-maintenance plantings, green roofs, LED landscape lighting, synthetic athletic turf, reducing impermeable surfaces, and... 10/31/2010
Restrooms: Upgrade to Green. Discusses water-saving restroom fixtures, including high-efficiency toilets, and sensor-activated flushing controls. Different faucet flow rates for different types of hand washing are also addressed... 09/30/2009
Saving Water, Saving Dollars. Reviews worsening drought situations worldwide, increasing demands for water, typical municipal efforts to curb water use, and higher education efforts to reduce water use in restrooms and to capture... 03/31/2009
Saving Water. Managing School Facilities Guide 1. This guide, aimed at British teachers and school board members, looks at typical water costs for schools and points out financial and environmental benefits of using water economically. Describes... 12/31/1992
School for The Millenium: New Suburban Seattle Elementary School Features Many Green Elements, Illustrates Green Building Challenges Millenium Elementary School in suburban Seattle features a geothermal heating/cooling system, stormwater reuse, solar-energy panels, a small wind turbine, waterless urinals and assorted other... 11/29/2000
Sidwell Friends School (Middle School renovation and addition) Case study of the renovation and addition project at Sidwell Friends School (SFS) campus that transforms the Middle School's fifty-year-old facility into an exterior and interior teaching... 12/31/2007
Slow the Flow. Notes that facility restrooms typically account for 45 percent of water consumption, and outlines the criteria of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, which puts its... 04/30/2011
Slowing the Flow. Describes water-saving fixtures for restrooms, including waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, no-touch hand washer/dryers, and graywater toilets. 04/30/2004
Smart Landscaping for Your Facility. Advises on replacing high-maintenance landscapes with those that use less water, heartier plants, sophisticated and properly zoned water delivery systems. Updating landscaping when buildings are... 06/30/2009
Soaking up the Storm. Describes how Lawrence Technological University responded to a mandate to control rainwater runoff with a green roof on its new student services building, graywater toilets, and bioswales. Project... 08/31/2009
Special Report: Green Restrooms. Rising Water Awareness. Studies of facilities have shown that 30-50 percent of the total, non-process water use in a typical facility flows through restrooms. So the restroom is an excellent place to examine first when... 10/31/2004
Stormwater, Students, and Swamp. Discusses Villanova University's (Pennsylvania) development of a stormwater wetland area to help collect water from small storms, remove sediment and pollutants, and return the water into a... 08/31/2000
Straight Flush. Reviews water-saving toilet options such as urinals that use very little water and dual-flush toilets. Increasingly, legislative mandates to reduce water use and rebate plans for installing super-... 06/30/2006
Strategies for Sustainable Landscapes. Discusses current high-efficiency irrigation systems, low-maintenance and regionally hardy plants, and integrated pest management for more environmentally conscious and affordable landscapes. 04/30/2011
Sustainability in Action Case study of the water selection, siting, and energy costs factored into the design of Samuel V. Champion High School in the Boern ISD in Texas. 03/31/2012
Sustainability Spotlight: Water Conservation. Identifies typical sources of water waste in restrooms, HVAC systems, landscaping, and custodial procedures. Techniques for finding leaks and waste are described, as is an approach to quantifying... 07/31/2008
Technological Advancements. Balances the need for restroom design and equipment providing good hygiene with the need for judicious use of skin care supplies and amount of water used in showers, sinks, and toilets. 04/30/2010
The Basics of a Water Audit. Discusses the steps of a water audit for a building, followed by advice on the prioritization of water-saving measures. 06/30/2011
The Grass is Greener on This Side. Highlights practices within the five most popular ways to create a green school: lighting, indoor air quality, minimizing waste, HVAC systems, and water conservation. 07/31/2006
The Greener Side of Restroom Design. Discusses strategies for energy- and water-saving restrooms, including low-volume toilets, waterless urinals, furnishings made of recycled content, and touchless fixtures. 10/31/2008
The Real Dry Facts. Describes how waterless urinals work, what they cost to buy and operate, and documents their successful installation in several schools in Floyd County, Georgia. 12/31/2005
The Top Ten Energy Wasters in K-12 Facilities (and What to Do about Them). Presents the top ten sources of wasted energy and water in schools, along with suggestion for how to mitigate them. These involve HVAC systems, lighting, and plumbing. 04/30/2010
Thinking Green Mindset Changes That Make a Difference Shares ideas that have resulted in changes in the way campuses think about food, water, energy consumption, and solar energy. Sections include: 1) water woes: eliminating wasteful habits; 2) dining... 05/31/2012
Turn Off the Tap: Saving H2O One Drop at a Time. Discusses the cost of transporting and treating water, building functions that do not require potable water, and increasing regulation covering water consumption 10/31/2009