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  1. Materials from iWG

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear Water and Stormwater SWATeam,

    The iCAP Working Group met today, and we very much look forward to your updated report on campus progress towards the 2010 iCAP targets.

    In the hopes that it will provide some assistance as you formulate your recommendations for the revised iCAP, to be presented at the iCAP Forum on October 22nd, we wanted to provide you with some additional files:

    1) A "template" for the iCAP sections that we ask that you use. This was written using Transportation as an example, but it should be easily adaptable.

    2) A "resources" document that summarizes the 2010 iCAP strategies, excerpts from a document that was put together back in FY13 summarizing progress at that time, a set of links to relevant pages on the iCAP Portal, and a list of the questions in the STARS report that are relevant to your team.  The STARS report is how our campus gets "graded" on our sustainability performance, so these questions may inspire ideas for things the campus should be doing.

    3) A table of water usage.  You can fill this in with your proposed goals, and include it in the template.

    4) A summary of all of our emissions in different categories, for context.

    5) The Clean Air Cool Planet calculator itself, updated for FY2014, in case you wish to dive into how the calculations are performed.

    We hope this information will be helpful to your team.  If there is anything we can do to help you with your important work in the coming month, please just ask!




    Professor Benjamin J. McCall

    Associate Director for Campus Sustainability

    Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  2. agenda for meeting

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Rajagopalan, Nandakishore []
    Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:29 AM
    Subject: This aternon meeting

    In the interests of making the most of our time, here are my top line goals. The first one is based on Lance Schideman suggestion. Three and four are again based on Lance and Marys suggestions.

    We might even want to suggest a water reuse goal with timelines. Not sure what the basis would be but if we want a zero water campus, we can calculate precipitation over some area and assume that it satisfies a portion of our needs; the rest would come from reuse (both effluent as well as stormwater). The stormwater could be integrated with landscape and will be the residual after accounting for evapotranspirtion.

    Any water features as part of the landscape would then be integrated with heat sink needs as campus, possibly creating an year-round landscape, maybe even a temperate rainforest in the Mid-west!


    1. Overall reduction
      1. in line with ICAP 2010
      2. Normalized levels of 20,000 gallons per weighted campus user in 2020 and 16500 gallons per weighted campus user by 2025
      3. Normalized  levels of 42 gallons per total buildings sq. ft (buildings + laboratory space) by and 36 gallons per sq. ft. in 2025 (question to Stephanie on these numbers)
    2. Undertake bottoms-up approach to estimate end-use for campus using best practices to determine realistic goals achievable by water conservation alone
    3. Recognize water reuse as an essential component to continue reductions in fresh water demand on campus beyond 2025; initiate planning activities to increase water reuse on campus 
    4. Integrate the physical and natural elements of campus topography to reduce water demand on campus and facilitate reuse

    N. Rajagopalan PhD

    Associate Director/Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist

    Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

    Prairie Research Institute

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Champaign, IL


  3. iWG agenda packet

  4. water savings and costs

    Associated Project(s): 

    Here is an example of unit costs for various replacements at the University of Connecticut late 2007. The estimates were by a plumbing firm. Says costs = material +labor

    Domestic Fixture Retrofits (ResLife)


    Unit Cost


    Total Cost

    Water Saved Per Unit (gal)

    3.5 Commercial Toilet Replacement





    1.6 Commercial Valve Retrofit





    1.0 Pressure Tank Toilet Upgrade





    Gravity Toilet Tank Upgrade





    Urinal Valve Retrofit





    Faucet Flow Control





    Showerhead Upgrade





    Showerhead Retrofit







  5. SITES system

    Associated Project(s): 

    Dear Keith and Water Team:

    Here is a link to Sustainable Sites Initiative, now called SITES rating system. SITES has a long history, but the short story is that this is a robust and leading tool for advancing landscape performance. It not only a tool but also a certification program. It is/will be adopted by USGBC to inform the sites credits for LEED. In many ways, it was a response to LEED really not getting at the potential for site systems themselves. It could be added to iCAP's recommendations for renovations and new construction. 

    Just as with LEED, it went through some growing pains, particularly challenging was documenting pre-design conditions to demonstrate performance and sustainability improvement. After multiple years of pilot projects and testing, version 2 has just been released. It can be used with or without a building or other structure within the site, making it a great tool for our campus. 

    A colleague of mine at Conservation Design Forum in Elmhurst, IL has been a key participant in its development, and he would be a fantastic additional to our external consultant group.

    Thanks, see you tomorrow,

    Mary Pat


    Mary Pat Mattson, RLA, ASLA

    Assistant Professor : Department of Landscape Architecture

    College of Fine and Applied Arts : UIUC

    611 Taft Drive, Champaign IL 61820

  6. Water SWATeam using Google Drive

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello SWAT Water,

    It was nice to meet all of you this morning, I am excited to be part of this group! We have a lot of great ideas already that I am excited to see implemented. I have created a google drive folder which I will be placing all of our minutes and documents in. I have shared it with everyone, so please inform me if you haven't received the folder in your drive account (it should be labeled "SWAT Water Minutes and Documents").

    In the folder, I have uploaded our minutes from this morning and also included any supplemental documentation that we have received thus far for your convenience, including the charge letter and various templates that were emailed from Ben. I also uploaded the power point that I brought up during the meeting. I produced this power point last year when I was contracted by West Point to do some research on Low Impact Development implemented on campuses east of the Mississippi. Hopefully this can be an asset to flip through to see some things other campuses are doing in the east and midwest to reduce their impact on water supply and quality along with links to find more information on the individual projects.

    I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you all next Wednesday at noon!


    Danielle Thayer


  7. potential student challenge

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Amy Liu []
    Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 11:41 PM
    To: Johnston, Morgan B
    Subject: Re: EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

    This is really interesting, I will look into this. Thanks!

    On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Johnston, Morgan B <> wrote:

    Hi Water SWATeam,

    One of the potential water-related projects for campus could be this student competition:

    What do you think?



  8. suggestion for water conservation

    Associated Project(s): 

    From: Rajagopalan, Nandakishore []
    Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 10:18 AM
    Subject: oxijet water nozzle

    A suggestion from someone in the UI physics department.


    The Felton Oxijet™ volumises the stream with air giving you a more luxurious shower.

    Traditional flow restrictors work by simply reducing flow and pressure, whereas the Oxijet™ uses flow energy to draw air into the water stream.

  9. Notes from meeting

    Associated Project(s): 

    Water SWATeam

    Water purchasing at about 3.25/100,000 gallons. Plus you have to pay for sewer water as well. In other areas it is more expensive.    Decrease water consumption  Find uses for non-potable water Handle storm water quality and quantity   Kishore. How do we compare to other schools? Be the leader as far as water per square foot.   ICAP baseline to improve. Is one perspective? We are there now.    Eliana Brown storm water protection.    Most buildings have meters now. About 99%   ISTC study. There so much more to do on campus.    CEE 398 PBL water report.    Irrigation usage. Wasn't in the billing system.    Barrier to grey water. Have to repipe a building to be able to use it. BIF  Could make that connection. State law say that. In major remodeling projects should the facilities standard say that it should be fed with grey water   Excel list of water by building.  Irrigation information   South farms run off. Drainage tiles. To the embrass river. Florida avenue dividing line. For salt fork.    Low flow fixtures. Aerators on faucets.