In light of Georgia's recent severe drought, water conservation is more important than ever. Metro Atlanta is the largest municipality reliant on the smallest single watershed in America.
In 1995, the University developed a statement of principles to reduce water consumption in Atlanta and Oxford. Then, in 2007, a consulting team was hired to develop a comprehensive storm water management plan addressing storm water management, waste-water management, and overall water conservation on Emory's campuses.
Currently Emory has one of the largest green building inventories by square footage among all universities in the nation.
Emory's green buildings conserve water in the following ways:
A closed-loop laser system helps the Math and Science Center save 2.8 million gallons of water per year.
Water use in Candler Library has been reduced by 30 percent.
Low-flow fixtures in the Goizueta Business School reduced water use by 20 percent. Cisterns also capture storm water and condensate from air handling units for irrigation.
Water-saving fixtures at the Winship Cancer Institute Center reduced water use by 24 percent.
The Whitehead Biomedical Research Building and Emory-Children's Center conserve water and energy at the same time by using large heat wheels to wring the humidity out of the atmosphere, resulting in almost 4 million gallons per year of water being captured and used in Emory's chilled-water system.
Emory's Evans and Few residence halls, designed to LEED standards, pump collected rainwater using solar power to flush toilets. Emory's Longstreet and Means first-year residence halls collect grey water and rain water for toilet flushing.
Low-flow shower heads, dual-flush toilets, and waterless urinals are installed at various locations on campus.
Rainwater cisterns holding over 350,000 gallons of collected rainwater can be used to water campus trees and gardens
Check out the video about Emory's water-saving dual flush toilets -- from the student's perspective.