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11.11.jpgPlekhanov Russian University of Economics is advancing water sustainability on campus and in our local and global communities through our operational practices and through the scholarly work of our students and faculty. On campus, our efforts include initiatives to reduce potable water waste, and steps to improve the health of our local watershed, such as reusing rainwater that falls on site and managing runoff.


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SOLUTIONS

By slowing down or capturing stormwater on campus rather than allowing it to run off, University is helping decrease water pollution and increase watershed health in our local region.  Careful stormwater management can provide synergistic sustainability benefits, such as increasing habitat for native species, providing green space for contemplation and recreation, and displacing potable water consumption.


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GREEN ROOFS

In addition to reducing and delaying stormwater runoff, green roofs act as insulators by reducing heat and cooling loss, reduce urban heat island effect by humidifying and cooling the surrounding air, filter airborne dust and other particles, reduce CO­­­2 levels, insulate buildings, absorb sound and increase the habitat for birds and butterflies.

University campus has at least three significant green roofs of main campus. The gravel, soil and sand deposits underneath the plants help filter pollutants from the absorbed stormwater.


CISTERNS AND RAIN BARRELS

Cisterns and rain barrels, though differing greatly in size, serve similar functions: collecting rainwater, and storing it for future use. This system not only reduces stormwater runnoff, but also reduces potable water demand in the building.


RAIN GARDENS

A rain garden is typically a shallow depression in the landscape planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. They help infiltrate stormwater, remove pollutants from runoff, and provide habitat for native species.

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