Water Conservation

Water Conservation

Given our community’s proximity to the exceptional natural resources of the Great Lakes, we are cognizant of our responsibility to steward our water resources. A major milestone in 2013 was the collaborative development of our systemwide Sustainable Construction, Renovation and Maintenance policy. This policy establishes guidelines related to the integration of sustainable practices in all siting, design, construction, remodeling, repair, maintenance, operation and deconstruction projects performed throughout the University Hospitals system. Water conservation and efficiency is addressed in multiple areas of the policy for both existing buildings and new construction projects within the system, including but not limited to the following requirements:

  • Employ strategies that reduce stormwater runoff and discharges of polluted water offsite, such as permeable pavement, vegetative roofs, bioswales, rain gardens and other green infrastructure strategies.
  • Purchase water-efficient products and services, such as WaterSense labeled products, and use contractors who are certified through a WaterSense labeled program. Examples of WaterSense labeled products include bathroom sink faucets, toilets and urinals.
  • All capital repair projects seek to integrate energy and water efficiency and conservation in order to meet the system’s energy reduction and sustainability goals.

In 2014, we seek to upload more comprehensive water data within our internal tracking dashboard in order to evaluate site-specific opportunities for improvement in water efficiency. Historically we have been challenged in achieving reliable data acquisition for tracking and reporting purposes.

15 Environmental Excellence awards

UH received 15 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award, for our systemwide achievements in sustainability in 2013.