New York City is home to more university students than any other city in the country, and as such, this sector provides a large opportunity to reduce citywide demand. This Challenge is unique among DEP’s Water Challenges as it will not only engage campus facility staff in water conservation, but it will also be an opportunity to foster a water conservation ethic among students.
The 5% Challenge: For the Challenge, participants will voluntarily reduce their water usage, measured in terms of water usage per square foot (WUSF), by 5% from their baseline year. DEP’s Water Challenge to Universities offers participants the opportunity to be recognized for their water efficiency efforts as part of broader citywide goals. Participating universities will also have access to a diverse forum of peers, industry experts, and sustainability organizations that will provide contacts, best practices, and technical assistance needed to realize meaningful reductions in water use and costs. For more information, contact email@example.com.