Ciannat Howett, Emory's director of sustainability initiatives, will kick off the event at 11 a.m. with a tour of the WaterHub, a stunning greenhouse surrounded by landscaping.
About the WaterHub
The WaterHub doubles as a water reclamation and reuse facility. To mitigate numerous university water supply challenges, the project team customized an ecological water and reuse system that is the first of its kind in North America. The system comprises an "upper site" containing a 3,000-square-foot low energy/high efficiency glasshouse with an odorless hydroponic treatment system, and a "lower site" containing seven concrete processing tanks up to 25 feet underground topped by ornamental landscaping.
The system treats up to 400,000 gallons daily, recycling the equivalent of two-thirds of the university's wastewater production for campus heating and cooling, and significantly reducing the campus water usage. Over the past year, the university has saved 52 million gallons of potable water, and is expected to save millions of dollars in water utility costs over a 20-year period. The WaterHub has received the ACEC Engineering Excellence Award and the US Water Prize.
Lunch and Learn: LEED v4 water credits
The tour will be followed by a one-hour Lunch and Learn session with Epsten Group's Alicia Case, a LEED consultant and LEED AP BD+C, and Kate McFeaters, LEED AP BD+C. They will discuss the details of the LEED v4 water credits, which will give credit for LEED Specific CMP.
Lunch will be provided through Bon Appétit, Emory's catering service, specializing in creating made-from-scratch menus featuring regional, seasonal, artisan-produced products.