Goal: Become Water Balanced
Eliminate storm sewer discharge and reduce or eliminate potable water purchases through rainwater harvesting on-site, and maximize ground water recharge through integrated stormwater management.
Why we're working towards it:
- Increase the quantity and improve the quality of exterior spaces to improve water balance, ecological restoration and biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and human enjoyment.
Steps we're taking:
- Testing and researching green roofs at the Architectural Ecology Centre, and sustainable campus design features at the GNW campus
- Water conservation efforts at Burnaby campus
Focuses: Maximization of water conservation and stormwater management, through aquifer recharge through landscaping and on-site permeability; rainwater capture and retention; and green roofs, xerescaping, grey water separation and reuse. Exploration of use of eco-san and composting toilet technologies to eliminate black water, as well as solar aquatics and on-site black water remediation technologies.