Raleigh, NC, June 01, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that it has launched the Rainwater Harvesting System Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) Grant Project, a $710,000 campuswide environmental water conservation program. The grant will support the installation of a cistern which is projected to supply campus with 90% of the irrigation water needed.
In addition to the CWMTF, William Peace University will install new showerheads and sink aerators as part of its “going green” initiatives. The aerators and showerheads are free of cost to the university, with the latter occurring in exchange for the old ones on campus, courtesy of the City of Raleigh. In addition, the university is receiving rebates for replacing toilets with water-saving models going from 3 gallons per flush to 1.2 gallons per flush.
John B. Cranham, associate vice president of buildings and grounds for the university, is overseeing the implementation of the program, which is being funded by a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The CWMTF awards money as grants allocated by the legislature from tax dollars for implementing projects that further the goal of the U.S. Clean Water Act. Besides the CWMTF, William Peace University’s other partner on the project is the NC State University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The project’s contractor is Mid-Atlantic Infrastructure Systems, Inc., headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., whose work will be performed out of the company’s office in Durham, N.C.
“We are pleased that as part of our ongoing upgrades for the campus, we will be able to be more environmentally friendly and use our water more efficiently,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “I am excited about the upcoming improvements, and I know John and his facility staff members will make these changes swiftly and unobtrusively for the university’s students, employees and guests to enjoy.”
“This ambitious project will make a noticeable impact on lowering the water usage on campus once it is complete,” said Cranham. “As the student body of William Peace University continues to expand, conservation measures such as this will reduce our overall operating costs while providing students and staff with water service equal to or more than what they are enjoying at present.”
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William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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