The Yale Office of Sustainability and Office of Facilities released an update to the campus Water Management Plan this month, as initial fulfillment of the Yale Sustainability Plan 2025. The update provides progress on Yale’s potable water use since the initial plan was released in 2013, and describes strategies to achieve the University’s water conservation and stewardship goals.
Two of the strategies included are implementing water conservation projects and activities to achieve a five percent reduction in annual potable water use, and committing to water metering and analysis. For the latter, Yale is participating in a pilot testing program of the Regional Water Authority’s new metering system, which allows hourly data to be viewed through a directly accessible web portal. The new system will help identify leaks, eliminate estimated bills, and provide highly accurate data collection, offering an unprecedented opportunity to learn about campus water dynamics, and inform operations.
The updated plan will also help guide Yale’s High Performance Design Standards and Campus Resiliency Plan that are set to be completed by June 2019.
Yale is committed to building a more sustainable world. By doing what we do best—integrating science, the humanities, and our community—Yale creates, tests and adopts innovative solutions to the environmental and social challenges we all face.