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Washington Adventist University Green Initiatives

Sustainability at WAU is an ongoing initiative. Mostly centered in our Facilities Management department, green efforts are making significant advances to increase sustainability at this century-old institution. Specific green actions to date include:

  • Changed fluorescent fixtures in all but one building from electromagnetic to electronic ballasts.
  • Changed fluorescent fixtures in all buildings from T-12 to T-8 lamps
  • Changed all HID mercury fixtures to either metal halide or (LPS/HPS) sodium lamps
  • Changed 90% of campus incandescent fixtures to subcompact fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps and/or LED.
  • Developed sequence of control operation of HVAC equipment inclusive of chillers, boilers, and air handling units.
  • In women’s residence hall changed water closets to 1.6 gpf
  • Redirected floor drains in three buildings to sewer to protect sensitive eco-system of local park and waterway.
  • Installed VFD’s on motors that are greater than 7.5 hp
  • Recycle electric lamps
  • Recycle electronic equipment (computers, etc.)
  • Recycle landscaping clippings
  • Participate in document shredding/recycling
  • Recycling containers in place (inclusive of dumpsters) for comingled and cardboard materials.
  • In process of installing lighting control across campus in common spaces.
  • In process of installing water gardens to control sump pump discharges.

    Our food service provider, Alladin Food Management Services, LLC, also reports the following first steps toward sustainability:

  • Identifying and reducing energy wasters.
  • Using recycled napkins.
  • Going tray-less in the Dining Room once a week.
  • Using cloth towels to sanitize (replacing paper towels).
  • Recycling cooking grease.
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