THE CAMPUS AS A
 LIVING LABORATORY
 FOR CLIMATE
 SOLUTIONS




UC San Diego
Water
Conservation
Summit
June 2, 2009
A History in Climate Research
Campus Quick Facts
                                     Square Feet of Facility Space
                                    ...
Campus Quick Facts
                                   Square Feet of Facility Space
Currently one of the largest       (in...
Our Challenges

Future resource
availability may Inhibit
UCSD’S operations



    Resource Intensive
  Research University...
12 Key Elements of Strategy


Facilities &   Transportation    Building    Smart Grid      Recycling &      Advanced
Opera...
UC San Diego is helping                           Lake Mead
California solve the water
dilemma

San Diego is in a drought
...
Continue to be a
Leader in Carbon                    Even with increased energy
Reduction and Energy                  inte...
At a Minimum, Design all               Due to higher capital cost of meeting these
Future Campus Buildings to             ...
The Campus Forest Reduces CO2, Saves Energy,
                                             and Absorbs Pollutants

Transpir...
Conserving our Water Resources


                                Master Plan Includes Water Conservation
Water Conservatio...
Conserving our Water Resources


Daily Water
                                Centralized Irrigation
Conservation activitie...
Conserving our Water Resources


Daily Water
                                      Daily Efforts
Conservation activities  ...
Conserving our Water Resources


Daily Water                           Regular Training
Conservation activities
strengthen...
Conserving our Water Resources


                                  Reclaimed Water Use
Daily Water
Conservation activities...
Conserving our Water Resources




        Before




                               After
MP Rotators
•Replacement of ~ 8...
Conserving our Water Resources

Water Conservation must                        Above and Beyond
become a way of life on an...
Applying New Technology


Create Leading
Sustainability Program
with Focus on Student
and Community
Involvement

Involve s...
Become a Global
Demonstration
Project for Sea
Water Cooling


Seawater Cooling could
save $4M/yr in energy and
100M gallon...
A Leading Sustainability
Research Program with
Focus on Basic Research,
Applied Research, and
Prototyping



 Existing fac...
Advanced Biofuel
Program: Algae




                   Micro-algae
                   High density
                   No f...
UC San Diego has a
  goal of becoming a
   global model of
   sustainability for
     universities
and communities alike.
...
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  1. 1. THE CAMPUS AS A LIVING LABORATORY FOR CLIMATE SOLUTIONS UC San Diego Water Conservation Summit June 2, 2009
  2. 2. A History in Climate Research
  3. 3. Campus Quick Facts Square Feet of Facility Space (in millions) 11 million sq. ft . of facility UC San Diego space, if we were a landlord, we 11 would be one of the largest in City of San Diego San Diego 8 Qualcomm 6 Included in the daily population SDSU of 45,000, we have over 8,000 5 student residents living on campus
  4. 4. Campus Quick Facts Square Feet of Facility Space Currently one of the largest (in millions) water users in San Diego, however, we have a plan! Potable Water Conservation 11 Actual Goal 8 While the campus has grown 800 water use has remained 700 600 Million Gallons constant and water intensity has 500 decreased: 400 300 200 100 • gals/sf 8% 0 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 • gals/capita 7%
  5. 5. Our Challenges Future resource availability may Inhibit UCSD’S operations Resource Intensive Research University $1B of new buildings every 5 years Severe Operating Budget Reductions Restrictions from State and University
  6. 6. 12 Key Elements of Strategy Facilities & Transportation Building Smart Grid Recycling & Advanced Operations Design Infrastructure Conservation Energy Storage E1 E2 E3 E7 E4 E5 E6 Photovoltaic Methane & Water Faculty Strategic Student Fuel Cells Resources Leadership Partnerships Involvement THINK SOLAR and Wind ENERGY Energy E7 E8 E9 E9 E10 E11 E12
  7. 7. UC San Diego is helping Lake Mead California solve the water dilemma San Diego is in a drought condition…Lake Mead could be dry by 2021 Water use is reduced by: • Reclaimed water for irrigation • Planting natural vegetation UC San Diego • Wx monitoring/soil moisture Reclaimed Water controlled watering System • 1/3 of campus has low flow water fixtures
  8. 8. Continue to be a Leader in Carbon Even with increased energy Reduction and Energy intensive activities and growth, facility retrofits have Efficiency decreased energy consumption per sq. ft. Completed $60M in energy retrofits reducing energy use by 20% or 50M kWh/yr, saving UCSD $12M annually. 300,000 280,000 An Award winning program: 260,000 • 6 Best Practice Awards 240,000 • 3 Excellence in Energy Efficiency Awards 220,000 2009-2014: Invest $66M • 2 Energy Education & (49+17) to achieve 200,000 Leadership Awards 35M kWh/hr reduction BTU/SF
  9. 9. At a Minimum, Design all Due to higher capital cost of meeting these Future Campus Buildings to standards, the campus will look for donor LEED Silver or Gold support to augment building budgets. Standards UCSD will exceed UC LEED by achieving a Silver-equivalent rating [Rady or Liechtag] on all new buildings. All new construction requires water efficient fixtures. 12
  10. 10. The Campus Forest Reduces CO2, Saves Energy, and Absorbs Pollutants Transpiration & wind blocks reduce energy by 12,886 MWh Sequestration & energy reduction reduces CO2 over 10,000 tons each year Campus forest traps and filters 140M gallons/yr of storm water. Value to campus is over $2.2M each year. 17
  11. 11. Conserving our Water Resources Master Plan Includes Water Conservation Water Conservation is a result of commitment to community stewardship and an understanding of the campus’ relationship to the environment. Water management starts with campus planning: •Long Range Development Plan “Low water use plants and native plants are required.” •Campus Master Plan “Turf areas are used for functional programmed spaces only.”
  12. 12. Conserving our Water Resources Daily Water Centralized Irrigation Conservation activities • Controls watering strengthen our conservation schedule efforts. • Report high & low flow…system shutdown when break Central Irrigation detected Daily Inspection • Linked to weather station Training Sustainable Water Use
  13. 13. Conserving our Water Resources Daily Water Daily Efforts Conservation activities • Repair simple irrigation problems strengthen our while performing daily tasks conservation efforts. • Use soil probe to check moisture levels • Look for run off Central Irrigation Daily Inspection • Time run off Training Sustainable Water Use
  14. 14. Conserving our Water Resources Daily Water Regular Training Conservation activities strengthen our • Conduct monthly education meetings. conservation efforts. • Encourage continued education: College courses Certified Landscape Technician program Central Irrigation Workshops and seminars Daily Inspection • Employees teach each other Training Staff present what they have learned at Sustainable Water Use conferences, workshops, and seminars
  15. 15. Conserving our Water Resources Reclaimed Water Use Daily Water Conservation activities • UCSD was one of the first to connect to strengthen our North City Reclamation Plant conservation efforts. • 30% of water used for irrigation is reclaimed water Central Irrigation • Using reclaimed for irrigation saves the campus ~25% in water & sewer costs Daily Inspection Training Sustainable Water Use
  16. 16. Conserving our Water Resources Before After MP Rotators •Replacement of ~ 8,000 standard spray heads for a savings of COMPARISON 103,000,000 gallons over the life of the nozzle. 15H Spray Nozzle MP2000 90-210 •More efficient because water is applied more slowly and evenly. 1.85 gpm 0.63 gpm •Use 30% less water even though they’re run 2X as long as sprays. x 10 min run time x 20 min run time = 18.5 gal = 12.6 gal •Multi-trajectory rotating streams provide uniformity •Automatic matched precipitation even after arc & radius adjustment SAVINGS = 5.9 gal or 31.9% •Low application rate reduces runoff on slopes & tight soils
  17. 17. Conserving our Water Resources Water Conservation must Above and Beyond become a way of life on and off campus. AQUAholics 12 step process for a sustainable water footprint. UCSD is taking steps to go above and beyond the City Sustainable Operations Working Group is Drought restrictions: implementing plans for water conservation. •Limiting irrigation to 3 days per week. Campus is partnering with the City and other agencies to: •Shutting off fountains Extend the recycled water system •Vehicle and equipment Fund irrigation system retrofits washing limited. Install low flow building water fixtures •Repairing leaks in less Replace turf with drought tolerant plants than 24 hours. A 25% reduction in water use!
  18. 18. Applying New Technology Create Leading Sustainability Program with Focus on Student and Community Involvement Involve students in photovoltaics, weather station network, water conservation Provide incentives for multidisciplinary student collaboration 21
  19. 19. Become a Global Demonstration Project for Sea Water Cooling Seawater Cooling could save $4M/yr in energy and 100M gallons of water per year. 18
  20. 20. A Leading Sustainability Research Program with Focus on Basic Research, Applied Research, and Prototyping Existing faculty experts are being augmented with new positions Providing an environment for multidisciplinary academic collaboration 21
  21. 21. Advanced Biofuel Program: Algae Micro-algae High density No food competition Saltwater / wastewater
  22. 22. UC San Diego has a goal of becoming a global model of sustainability for universities and communities alike. Greening the Economy

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