The Global Environmental Management Initiative and Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to expand the adoption of their water efficiency toolkit for companies in water-stressed areas as drought conditions persist on the West Coast and throughout the Southwest.
The EDF-GEMI Water Management Application (WaterMAPP) toolkit is a MS Excel-based, multi-tabbed spreadsheet with two primary components: the water scorecard to assess the water efficiency for buildings and create visibility for water use performance at facilities, and the water efficiency calculator to estimate water and financial savings from cooling tower or free-air cooling improvements, explains chair of GEMI’s Water Work Group and GEMI’s vice chair, Steve Shedroff.
In 2012, EDF and AT&T launched a pilot project to identify opportunities to reduce water and energy use in buildings. Based on the results of the pilot, the initial WaterMAPP tools and resources were developed by AT&T and EDF to help AT&T and other organizations reduce their water and related energy and chemical use.
Practices highlighted in the toolkit have the potential to save 28 billion gallons annually if deployed across all US buildings, the organizations say.
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