GOAL: Net zero water. Reduce water use by 120M gallons.
Baseline: 225,164,787 gallons
June 2019 Update: 174,490,143 gallons (21% reduction)
Goal: 104,625,094 gallons
Cumulative savings: Since 2012, the Medical Center has saved over 266,000,000 gallons of water—the equivalent to 403 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The Medical Center water goal represents the natural water budget provided on campus, or the amount of water that falls on the campus as rain or snow in an average year. Water use on campus falls into three categories. Building (indoor) water use accounts for the largest amount of water used. Chillers and boilers, which are used to cool and heat buildings, are the second largest water users. And irrigation (outdoor) water use accounts for the least amount of water used on campus. There are multiple efforts across campus to reduce water use.
June 2019 Medical Center Water Use
Every Drop Counts.
In Spring 2019 the LiveGreen Ambassadors conducted a campaign designed to find specific ways to use less water called “Every Drop Counts”. LiveGreen Ambassadors identified numerous methods to reduce water and effectively communicated with staff and students to reduce water use.
The Medical Center campus continues to do a great job of incorporating water sensitive landscaping while still maintaining an attractive campus for staff, students, and visitors. Ornamental plants and bushes, instead of turf grass, inhabit much of campus. These plants are more attractive than turf grass, require less water, and require less maintenance once established.
The Medical Center recently received 10 saplings through a grant program. Conversion of turf to drought-tolerant long-lived trees will lead to a reduction in irrigation water.
The Facilities Team is diligently reviewing the water system on campus to catch and repair leaks to reduce the amount of water loss on campus.
The Facilities Team continues to update older systems with newer, more water efficient technology including faucets with aerators, new water softeners, and a new dishwasher in the Nebraska Café.