Virginia Commonwealth University has instituted a variety of water conservation technologies to reduce water usage on both campuses. These include low-flow toilets; showers and faucets; motion-sensor toilets and lavatories; waterless urinals; and, front-load clothes washers.
In addition, VCU’s Walter L. Rice Education building -- Virginia’s first LEED platinum certified building – features the following:
- Captured rainwater and grey water for urinals and water closets
- 1.1 gallons per minute (gpm) toilets, except near classrooms, which are dual-flush toilets
- 0.5 gpm lavatory sinks
- 1.5 gpm shower heads
- 2 gpm kitchen sinks
- On-site wastewater treatment
The Bayscape Landscaping (bayscaping) at the Trani Center for Life Sciences is conservation landscaping that benefits wildlife, the James River and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. This type of landscaping uses native plants to reduce the quantity of stormwater runoff, filter pollutants and reduce landscape maintenance costs at VCU.
Bayscaping reduces the amount of time needed to care for a landscape since all of the plants are locally adapted. It also reduces the amount of water used for irrigation and the use of chemical fertilizers. By installing bayscapes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, we are helping to improve the water quality of local streams, the James River, the Chesapeake Bay and the habitat that the area provides for its wildlife.