The Rainbow Water Coalition has profiled many projects and buildings in hopes of mining this knowledge for the budding Oregon Sustainability Center, but with the continued delays in getting that project under construction has led to the bar of success climbing ever so higher with each passing month. Next month is BEST FEST at Portland State University, celebrating all things green across the not-so-green landscape of Oregon, mostly focusing on the Oregon Sustainability Center and how to jump start the green economy in Oregon.
In no particular order, check out some of the best *greymatter meets greywater* projects in the news:
summary of a new beyond LEED Platinum building that is powered by solar and cooled by geothermal. In homage to the devastating bettle kill of pine trees across western North America, the wood is 100% derived from British Columbia. It reuses all of its waste and greywater onsite.
article about the Knight Management Center where *...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%...*
Colorado State University. Serious business when it comes to greywater research, but also going for it when it comes to taking the lead on LEED...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*.
residence hall on the UGA campus, featuring among many other things, *Use of treated graywater (recycled water from showers and bathroom sinks) for flushing toilets; Bioretention systems located near the building to filter pollutants from and treat stormwater runoff; A rainwater catchment system for water recycling; and Drought-tolerant landscaping*
International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability, the Tyson Living Learning Center pretty much started it all in the US. The Rainbow Water Coalition posted about their approach to an *alternative compliance approach* to meeting rules and regulations.
here, and Worcester is discussed in this article.
project was constructed using an alternative approach to traditional public works projects through the use of a nonprofit company created specifically for the project and is leased by the City of Tacoma and the University of Washington. Among its many *facts*, the facility uses 46% less water than a conventional facility, stormwater collected in tanks is used to flush toilets and irrigate plants.
greenwall at the Vancouver airport. According to this press release, UBC is claiming that the Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) will be the greenest building in North America. UBC says *...that the building will be a net energy producer thanks to on-site fuel cells, solar panels, solar hot water heaters, ground source heat pumps, and a biomass co-generation system*.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's (UWM) National Center for Water Technology and Policy. According to this press release, it is not clear where the new center will be housed. Green buildings are not new to UWM, as discussed here. But as discussed here and here, Milwaukee is going into the water reuse business, big time.
Solar Optics-based Active Pasteurization (SOAP) for Greywater Reuse and Integrated Thermal (GRIT) Building Control*. National Science Foundation funded project on greywater? Not much else needs to be said.