It’s the premier document of its kind in the University of California system, and now UC Santa Barbara’s recently unveiled water conservation plan has notched another first: a Best Practices Award from the 2013 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.
The UCSB Water Action Plan bested its cross-UC competition for water efficiency and site water quality practices in the contest that typically lauds one UC and one CSU campus in each category. Santa Barbara was the only water section winner.
All the awardees, announced by the UC Office of the President, will be honored during the sustainability conference set for June 23–27. With the theme “Communicating Sustainability,” the event this year will be hosted by UCSB –– the place where it all began. Registration will open in late April.
Six graduate students are changing the way water is used at UC Santa Barbara and their project is making waves across the state. It started as a class project at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management to create a plan to conserve water on campus. “Taking into account increases in campus population growth and infrastructure growth and planning water accordingly,” said Katie Cole, one of the members of the student group.
Everyone at the university uses water in some way, from toilets to the sinks. On a given day there can be up to 26,000 students and family on campus. That means a lot of water going down the drain.
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