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Sustainability Actions

ETSU Sustainability


"...water is the deciding element on planet Earth...the biosphere creates our special world anew every day, every minute..." – Edward O. Wilson

Water Taste Test Challenge
Less than 1% of all water on Earth can be used by people, and communities all across the country are encountering challenges as they try to maintain water supplies that are healthy and affordable. You can help to address these issues by conserving water in a variety of ways:

In the Bathroom...

Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving. Letting the faucet run for 5 minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours, and uses up to 8 gallons of water a day!

Take showers instead of baths. A shower uses 10 to 25 gallons, while a bath takes up to 70 gallons!

Take shorter showers. Showers that are 5 minutes or less can significantly reduce your water consumption.

Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. The typical showerhead uses 2.5 gallon of water per minute. Low-flow showerheads can help reduce the amount of water running through your shower.

In the Kitchen and Laundry Room...

Wash laundry and dishes only when you have full loads. Make sure to select the appropriate water level or load size option on the washing machine or dishwasher.

Do not let the faucet run the entire time when you're hand washing dishes. Turn it off when washing, and turn on to rinse.

Refrain from using a garbage disposal to dispose of food waste, as it requires you to run water in the process. Compost food waste if possible.


Fix leaks in fixtures (faucets and showerheads), pipes, and toilets. Leaky faucets and toilets waste gallons of water in a short period of time. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day!

In residence halls, report dripping or leaking fixtures by emailing  or talking to your RA immediately for repairs. In academic buildings, report leaks to your Building Coordinator or submit a work order to Facilities Management.



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