Water has astounding physical properties and the ability to shape ecosystems, landscapes
and societies. But most important, water is essential to all life. Across Binghamton
University's campus, you'll find various initiatives aimed at protecting and conserving
this precious resource.
In July 2011, four 68-foot long, 500,000-gallon tanks were installed at the construction
site of the University's Center of Excellence Building (part of the Innovative Technologies
Complex) as part of the largest rainwater-harvesting project to date in upstate New York. The system harvests rainwater from University parking lots, building roofs and other
locations and sends it to the tanks where it's stored before being sent to the University's
cooling towers (an evaporative type of cooling system) and for sewage purposes.
New Yorkers have clean, safe and plentiful drinking water thanks, in part, to the
efforts of the faculty, students and volunteers at the University's Center for Integrated Watershed Studies. The center serves as a source of expertise on natural features of watersheds and
human effects on them, addressing biological, geological, geographic, economic and
societal components at all levels of integration. The center's activities range from
field data collection for scholarly research to policy analysis and education.
Another way Binghamton is protecting New York's valuable water resources is through
our Nature Preserve. Part of the Susquehanna River Watershed, the Nature Preserve plays a significant role in improving local and regional water quality. Its wetlands mitigate some of the damaging effects from water pollutants, while
wetland and forest areas help reduce erosion.
At a University committed to sustainability, we can't watch water go down the drain
unnecessarily. That's why Binghamton installed low-flow faucets and toilets across campus, put artificial turf in the Bearcats Sports Complex to cut down on the need for irrigation and is pursing methods to reduce pool-water evaporation.
Water meters monitor water use throughout campus and alert staff to any potential problems.
During the reconstruction of our Dickinson Community and Newing College residential
halls as well as the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center that serves both facilities,
the University installed bottle-filling water fountains and dual-flush toilets to reduce water waste.
Thanks to these and other water-conservation efforts, more than 52 million gallons
of water is saved each year across campus.