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Addressing the Drought Through the Curriculum. Michael D. Lee Dept. of Anthropology, Geography and Envt. Studies m [email protected] California Higher Education Sustainability Conference SDSU Tuesday June 17, 2014. Curriculum Contributions to Conservation Presentation Contents.

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Addressing the drought through the curriculum

Addressing the Drought Through the Curriculum

Michael D. Lee

Dept. of Anthropology, Geography and Envt. Studies

[email protected]

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

SDSU Tuesday June 17, 2014


Curriculum contributions to conservation presentation contents

Curriculum Contributions to ConservationPresentation Contents

  • The context

  • Mechanisms for student and faculty involvement

  • Example projects

    • Restroom auditing

    • Irrigation assessment and data analysis

    • Turfgrass removal assessment

    • Student housing auditing


Drought at east bay

Drought at East Bay

  • SFPUC (Hetch Hetchy) supplies City of Hayward

  • SFPUC has voluntary cutback goal of 10%

  • Campus Master Plan is to reduce long-term water use by 35-60% over do-nothing build-out

  • FD&O goal is to achieve ABx7.7 Water Conservation Act goal of 20% by 2020

  • It’s the right thing to do…it’s a learning opportunity and…. there’s a simple business case ($$!).


Hayward campus water cost data

Hayward Campus Water Cost Data

Current water savings from indoor conservation = $6.10 + $4.26 = $10.36 per CCF

Per gallon water savings rate = $0.01385 per gallon (1.385 cents per gallon).

  • Volumetric tariff = $6.10 for each CCF >200 CCF.

  • Wastewater (sewage) charges (volumetric tariff) = $4.26 per CCF of building metered usage


Conservation project selection

Conservation Project Selection

  • Must be suitable for group implementation

  • Should ideally result in significant savings, short payback (hence likely to be implemented)

  • Preferably a minimal need for equipment, expenditures, technical assistance

  • Executable in short time frame (5-6 weeks)

  • Relevant to student home/work life

  • Clearly part of a “sustainability skill set”

  • Approved by Facilities Management partners


Restroom auditing winter 13

Restroom Auditing (Winter 13)


Low hanging fruit about to be picked

Low Hanging Fruit About to be Picked

  • No of faucets with < 1yr payback = ~80/25% (~160/50% with <2yr payback)

  • Total 1st year net savings from retrofit of faucets with <1 yr payback = $35 per faucet

  • Estimated annual savings from <1yr retrofits = 279,000 gals


Irrigation assessment fall 13

Irrigation Assessment (Fall 13)


Analytical tools and data ldqu costing

Analytical Tools and Data (LDQU, Costing)


Turfgrass removal screening spring 14

Turfgrass Removal Screening (Spring 14)


Student screening decision tool

Student Screening/Decision Tool


Student housing audit summer 14

Student Housing Audit (Summer 14)


Goal is 20 reduction over 2010 use

Goal is 20% Reduction Over 2010 use

  • Will start tomorrow

  • All apartments to be audited

  • FD&O to retrofit showers and faucets with water misers based on flow data and estimated savings


Addressing the drought through the curriculum

Thank you for your attention

Prof. Michael D. Lee Ph.D.

Department of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies

California State University East Bay

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.

Hayward CA 94542

United States

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 1 (510) 885-3155 Fax: 1 (510) 885-2353

Acknowledgements: Students of GEOG 4350 (Winter, Fall 2013) and ENVT 4800 (Spring 2014); Evelyn Lopez-Muñoz, Jim Zavagno, Robert Andrews, Derek Fisher and Manuel Ochoa of Cal State Facilities Development & Operations; Provost James Houpis.


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