How do we do it?
Delta College is committed to conducting all of its activities in a manner that is sensitive to the environment. As an educational institution, we regularly review our operations to find areas where we can introduce environmental best practices. We also engage our students as active participants in the solution of climate change.
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Delta College is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its newly renovated Health Professions Building.
"LEED certification offers third party validation of a project's green features," said Larry Ramseyer, Director of Facilities Management. "To my knowledge there are less than a dozen LEED certified buildings in our region."
One of the unique aspects of the renovation design is the new rainwater harvesting system. While rain barrels and cisterns are not new technology, rainwater harvesting systems for commercial buildings are relatively new to Michigan.
"We estimate we'll save 169,000 gallons of water each year by using filtered rainwater to flush toilets and water our three-story hydroponic green wall," said Ramseyer. "The system will benefit our facility by conserving water, saving money, protecting our watershed and even feeding our vegetation wall."
How it works:
- Rooftop drains, subsurface drains and air-conditioner condensate is piped into the system.
- Underground storage cisterns hold up to 15,000 gallons of water.
- Swirl filters clean water.
- Water is pumped through separate piping system to toilets and hydroponic green wall.
Using moist media, standard indoor plants, and harvesting rainwater, the hydroponic green wall will add an aesthetically pleasing architectural feature with a powerful bonus. The living plants and their roots act as a biofilter, removing common indoor air contaminants and improving air quality. The design offers a sustainable, energy-efficient way to control and remove impurities from the air.
"The rainwater harvesting system is a powerful way for us to lead by example," said Ramseyer. "As a college that values sustainability, it's important to demonstrate that pledge in big ways and in small ways, every day."
Sustainability is open territory – there is much to be accomplished and plenty of room for innovation. We invite you to become an active participant and to expand your awareness of sustainability on campus and throughout the communities in which you live, work and play. After all, it's the power of a single action that brings about change.
To learn more about our commitment to sustainability, contact the Sustainability Office at (989) 686-9209 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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