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Waterfree Urinals to Save Bard Over 500,000 Gallons

Bard College has replaced its flushing urinals with Falcon Waterfree Technologies urinals, which will save more than 500,000 gallons of water a year, according to the waterfree urinals maker.

These water savings, the school says, will increase Bard’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) score, which measures how environmentally friendly a college or university campus is. Bard has also made upgrades to its water treatment plant, according to the college’s sustainability manager, Laurie Husted.

The maintenance staff says the waterfree urinals are easier to clean than flush urinals, and cartridge changes are not needed as frequently as first thought. The urinals are odorless, they say.

In addition to offering academic programs in sustainability, Bard College is also implementing sustainable practices on campus including reducing deliveries of bottled water, recycling waste, operating a free campus shuttle and participating in a Zipcar car sharing service. Bard says since 2005, it has reduced waste by 30 percent, compared to a 2005 baseline.

Other Falcon urinal clients include Adobe Systems headquarters, Bank of America’s One Bryant Park in New York, Coke and the US Green Building Council headquarters.

Facebook’s Prineville, Ore., data center achieved a water usage effectiveness rating of 0.22 liters per kWh for the 12 months to the second quarter of 2012 through several water-saving efforts including waterless urinals, the social networking giant announced in August.

In 2011, utility company Sempra Energy reduced its water withdrawal by just under 17 percent compared to 2011, in part by installing low- and no-flow urinals, according to the company’s sustainability report.

Kohler introduced 40 new water-efficient toilet models to the North American market in 2011, earning it a 2012 EPA Water Sense award. According to EPA, the company’s stock of lavatory faucets and urinal fixtures is made up of nearly 100 percent WaterSense-labeled models.

Also in 2011, Kohler partnered with Habitat for Humanity to install WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, and showerheads in 550 Habitat homes in California and Texas.

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