Food, Water and Energy Nexus: Water and Energy

Water and Energy


Adobe World Headquarters

Certified LEED-Platinum, the Adobe towers in San Jose, California signify Adobe as the world's first commercial enterprise to achieve a total of three certifications under the LEED program. The water and energy efficient buildings include irrigation system linked to local weather stations which automatically adjusts according to real-time weather conditions; and use sensors to monitor carbon monoxide levels and adjust operation of building exhaust fans accordingly.

Ball State Geothermal

Recognizing the benefits of geothermal heat pumps, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, is installing the nation's largest project as part of replacing a coal fired heating-cooling system. The new system will heat and cool 47 buildings and save $2 million a year while cutting carbon emissions in half.

Read more about Ball State Geothermal HERE.

City of Boulder Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The City of Boulder has implemented a combination of energy and water conservation measures, smart building solutions, and renewable energy technologies to significantly reduce energy use, water use, carbon emissions, and costs.

Eco Brooklyn Show House

This residential building in Brooklyn was renovated with 90% recycled materials, certified as LEED, Energy Star Homes, and has lots of insulation to conserve energy. The building has a green roof, which directs water run off to gardens, and grey water is directed to gardens. This show house is used as an example for sustainable housing reconstruction in the New York City area.

El Dorado Wastewater Treatment Plant Wind Turbine

The official construction of the 1 megawatt wind turbine project and wetlands went underway in March 2012 at the Wastewater Treatment Facility near El Dorado, Kansas. The Facility hopes to return clean water to the environment, using wetlands to help with water treatment, which saves the city nearly $3 million. The wind turbines will then allow for the facility to run on clean, renewable energy- the first in Kansas.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab

The Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, Hawaii, functions as a zero net-energy, fully sustainable building. The building received LEED-Platinum certification and Living Building Challenge certification. The site harvests 6,500 gallons of rain water per year and has photovoltaic panels for energy.

Humboldt Wave Connect Project

An AECOM team are currently monitoring the first wave energy conversion project in California, second in the U.S.. Pacific Gas and Electric Company is planning pilot studies to test energy production, taking place off the coast of Eureka, California. The World Energy Council estimates that wave energy has the potential to be the largest renewable energy source in the world, estimated at 2 terawatts (about double the current world electricity production).

Living Learning Center

The Living Learning Center is an environmental field station for Washington University in St. Louis in Missouri. Net Zero Energy is provided by Photovoltaic panels mounted both on the roof and on two horizontal trackers. Potable water is provided by a chemical-free rainwater harvesting system. Greywater is treated in an infiltration garden and blackwater by composting toilets effectively eliminating the concept of waste.

Living Machine (Oberlin College)

The Living Machine in the Center for Environmental Studies of Oberlin treats waste-water using a system of engineered ecologies including microbes, plants, snails and insects. It treats up to 2,000 gallons of the building's waste-water per day. After being treated by the Living Machine, the water is recycled back through the building for non-potable re-use.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living is a wastewater filtration facility designed to use treated water for garden irrigation. The site also contains a greywater recovery system. The building also seizes rainwater and has solar arrays for energy.

Power Saver Program - Multifamily Rebates

Austin Water Utility and Austin Energy have partnered together to provide multi-family facility owners holistic water and energy efficiency evaluations, rebates and other incentives to save water and energy and their associated costs to end users.

San Antonio Water System

The San Antonio Water System provides up to 50,000 acre-feet of recycled water per year for CPS Energy, San Antonio and rsquo;s electric utility, ensuring that the utility has the water needed to generate electricity for the foreseeable future while providing sufficient water flows for the downstream waterways.

The Solaire Building

Located in Downtown Manhattan, the Solaire LEED-certified tower promote a holistic building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in 5 key areas: Sustainable site development, Water savings, Energy efficiency, Materials selection, and Indoor environmental quality.

Town of Hempstead's Energy Park

The town of Hempstead, Long Island, has a renewable energy park comprised of a 120-foot wind turbine, solar-powered buildings, two solar trackers, ground-mounted solar array, solar car port, geothermal energy demonstration project and Long Island's first and only hydrogen fueling station. The park also boasts a solar and wind-powered shellfish nursery.

Read more about the Energy Park HERE.


University of Pennsylvania Storm Water Harvesting

Installation of a 1,000-2,000 gallon storm water collection tank and drought resistant plantings in the Old Vet Quad Courtyard Green Space. SVM will investigate using solar collectors to power the pump in the collection tank. The irrigation system, a combination of drip and other irrigation, would use the filtered storm water.

Verdant Power's East River Tidal Turbines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission awarded the first commercial license for tidal power in the United States to Verdant Power. The company wants to expand the number of its tidal turbines in New York City East River over the next ten years, ultimately generating about 1 megawatt of electricity, enough to power 9,500 New York homes.

Read more about Verdant Power's East River Tidal Turbines HERE.

Watts to Water

The goal of the Watts To Water program is to create a more sustainable built environment in the Denver metropolitan area. By using ENERGYSTAR Portfolio Manager as a benchmarking tool, the Watts To Water partners help properties reduce their energy and water consumption rates by offering program participants free educational sessions, technical support and rebate programs. Watts To Water will teach office and hotel property managers how they can be more sustainable, both environmentally and economically.

Windsor Efficiency PAYS

Windsor Efficiency PAYS allows residents to invest in technologies that reduce the waste of electricity, indoor water and water heating. Customers pay a surcharge on their utility bill that is guaranteed to be lower than their estimated savings. Technologies include high efficiency washing machines, toilets, showerheads and drought-resistant landscaping.