6 NYC Universities Participate in the New York City Water Challenge

by | Sep 19, 2018

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New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza recently announced the launch of the New York City Water Challenge to Universities. This is the fourth of New York City’s sector-specific challenges and builds off the success of previous challenges to hotels, restaurants and hospitals. As part of the challenge, the six participating universities will work to reduce their campus-wide average water consumption by 5%, which would be a savings of approximately 1.3 million gallons of water per month.

DEP will host workshops to help the universities identify appropriate strategies for water conservation, including water auditing, upgrading domestic use water fixtures, and smart metering. In addition to fixture retrofits, the universities will also be initiating student water conservation campaigns. The challenge will last two years and conclude in August 2020. The participating universities are Fordham University, Long Island University: Brooklyn Campus, Pace University, St. John’s University, The New School, and Weill Cornell Medical. New York City is home to more university students than anywhere in the country. The lessons learned from the New York City Water Challenge to Universities will be utilized by DEP to develop a best practices guide for water management in higher education buildings.

“These six universities are helping DEP to conserve one of our city’s most precious resources, our world renowned drinking water supply, by targeting ways to reduce their campus’ water consumption and promoting water conservation among their faculty and students,” said DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza.

“The human family is increasingly becoming aware of the limits of our planet, including its supply of fresh water,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “We are called to be good stewards of our water supply (and all natural resources) not merely for the good of our fellow New Yorkers, nor the entire population of the globe, but for all living things. Fordham is proud to be a part of this effort.”



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