Greensboro sits at the top of the Cape Fear River Basin in the Haw River Watershed, where small streams like the North Buffalo and Mile Run Creeks, which border UNCG to the north and south of campus, fill three man-made reservoirs north of the city (Lake Higgins, Lake Brandt, and Lake Townsend), from which residents get their drinking water. Greensboro's stormwater system, like those of most cities, drains into those creeks and streams, which eventually make their way to the Atlantic Ocean. Did you know that 80% of the plastic and garbage in the oceans got there from a land-based source? Your actions help conserve and preserve our drinking water and the local and regional habitats for thousands of flora and fauna.
Water resources are projected to become scarcer as consumption grows in concert with the population of the Triad; droughts are also projected to be more frequent in the region due to the effects of climate change. Thanks to your efforts and to the work of dedicated staff, water consumption at UNCG has decreased by 75% per Gross Square Foot since 2003, far surpassing the 30% water savings goal established by the State. In fiscal year 2018-2019, total water consumption dropped 1% over FY 2017-18. Additionally, there was a 2% decline when analyzing consumption per FTE student, and a 1% drop for consumption per gross square foot. UNCG continued claiming non-sewer water credits in 2018-19 for approximately 35.9 million gallons of water. These credits allowed UNCG to avoid more than $178,552 in water charges.
The University will continue to implement strategies that have proven successful over the last decade, including, but not limited to the following: