Recognizing that water is a precious resource, Humber is making water conservation an integral part of campus life. New buildings are designed with water efficiency in mind and water use is monitored in all facilities to help track and manage times of peak demand.
We are also reducing the amount of water used in grounds maintenance by introducing sustainable landscape designs. We work continuously to educate our students and staff about water conservation, reminding them that simple daily acts, like turning off taps and reporting malfunctioning plumbing, play an important role in protecting the planet’s most valuable resource.
- Low-flow toilets. All the toilets at Humber have been changed to low flow models. Students and staff are encouraged to report any running toilets immediately.
- Green Roofs. These help to take advantage of storm runoff, so that the water can be utilized rather than going straight into the storm drains. Lakeshore Campus Building L and North Campus Centre for Urban Ecology both have green roofs.
- Auto-shutoff taps. Simply leaving a tap on for a minute or two can waste a huge amount of water. Many of the taps on Humber’s campuses have motion sensors. By adding auto-shutoff taps when renovating and building new buildings, millions of litres of water can be saved over the course of a year.
- Sustainable landscaping. Landscape optimization helps reduce the amount of times plants, and lawns need to be watered. In the summer months this is particularly important. In addition, using rain water drastically reduces the amount of clean water the college needs to use.