- rain gardens capture campus stormwater
- filtered water refill stations
- % reduction in water consumption
Our campus is just uphill from French Creek, the most biodiverse stream in Pennsylvania and a regularly used outdoor laboratory for our ecology courses. Since water is such a defining component of our natural setting, Allegheny College works to responsibly manage our consumption of water and our stormwater runoff to French Creek.
Laura’s Rooftop Terrace looks like a grassy courtyard with lavender, trees, and cedar walkways, but it is also the roof above the costume and set shops in the Vukovich Center. Green roofs help capture and absorb rainwater, protect the roof membrane, add insulation, and minimize energy consumption in the building.
More than an acre of Allegheny’s central campus is planted in native species wildflowers from Ernst Conservation Seeds, a local company committed to seed mixes for ecological restoration, reclamation, and conservation. Our wildflowers eliminate a significant portion of grounds maintenance time and costs and absorb and filter runoff from an adjacent parking lot. Most importantly they add colorful, natural beauty to our campus and provide a unique research laboratory where it’s not unusual to see students with nets hunting insects.
We’ve reduced our water consumption by 40 percent over the past decade through the installation of low-flow faucet and showerhead fixtures and switching to more water-efficient appliances like clothes washers. We also choose our campus landscaping to be native or adaptable to hot summers so we do not have to irrigate.
Filtered Refill Stations
We’ve installed dozens of cold, filtered water stations where you can refill your bottle in academic and residential buildings. Meadville’s tap water is from a glacial deposit aquifer and its quality is regularly assessed and publicly reported. It might not quite taste like home (yet) but it’s safe, cold, filtered, and far less expensive and less wasteful than purchasing bottled water.
We give every incoming student an Allegheny stainless steel water bottle or travel mug so they’re able to jump into our reusable culture on campus. Students can refill at the filtered water stations or get steep discounts for bringing their own bottle or cup to McKinley’s.
Green Cleaning Policy
We’ve worked with our housekeeping partner, St. Moritz, to develop a green cleaning policy that is more environmentally friendly as well as better for air quality and your health.
We capture stormwater from parking lots and roofs in many beautifully landscaped rain gardens, which filter and recharge groundwater across campus. Rain gardens minimize the amount of stormwater entering the sewer system and discharging into French Creek. This biodiverse waterway is valued for recreation, wildlife, and as an outdoor laboratory for Allegheny classes and research.
What Can You Do?
- Ban Bottled Water
- Save Water
- Shop Smart
- Use DIY Personal Care Products
- Clean Without Commercial Products