Water falls at Chilling Station No. 6 on campus Photo: Daily Texan

Water is a critical resource in our region with the dual pressures of chronic drought and rapid population growth. The Natural Resource Conservation Plan for the university set an ambitious sustainability goal of reducing campus water consumption by 20% by the year 2020, with a baseline of 2009. As of 2014, we have reached this goal by avoiding 21% of water consumption by managing domestic water, irrigation upgrades, utilization of reclaimed water and water recovery strategies. With rising rates and scarcity of resources, we are committed to doing more on campus to reduce our use of water and being leaders through innovation and dedication.