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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Greywater New Norm for Dorms, Part II

Recalling this posting where the University of Georgia integrated greywater reuse into the construction of a new dorm on campus contributing to their ranking as one of the top *green* schools in the nation (along with their ranking as the top party school in 2010-2011), other schools are achieving the same *green* ranking with their greywater systems. Colorado State University was mentioned in this article published in the Northern Colorado Business Report, where CSU *is graywater testing in residence halls...has six LEED Gold buildings and five others pending certification...the university's first interdisciplinary minor in Global Environmental Sustainability...and...formally dedicated one of the largest solar plants in the nation at a university - a 5.3-megawatt operation that will help the state meet goals for renewable energy and keep the university's utility rates stable and affordable during the next 20 years*.

In an article published by Earth Techling, the Stanford Graduate School of Business just dedicated the Knight Management Center buildings that are flooded with natural daylighting...green features include underground parking (to reduce impact on open space)...extensive use of recycled materials and low-VOC finishes; rainwater and greywater used for flushing toilets, cutting potable water consumption for sewer conveyance by 80%; radiant heat, a heat exchanger, and a “night flushing” system that will allow the building to expel hot air at night throughout automated skylights and windows during the summer; and photovoltaic panels expected to provide for 12% of the buildings’ energy needs.

The irony in the pursuit of the LEED Platinum rating for the Knight buildings is that this is the same family that lives in Oregon and operates a tiny company called Nike. The large Oregon schools all were listed in the Top Green Schools listing for many different reasons, but none related to water reuse or greywater.

Why reuse it when one has so much of it? Heck, Oregon doesn't even know when someone is *stealing* their water right from under their noses when it is described by Hollywood's elite on Reality TV!

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