Project Goal Summary
As institutions that host society's emerging professionals, universities can generate large-scale support for sustainable initiatives. This is particularly true within college sports, which frequent the spotlight and bring diverse communities together. College athletic sustainability is an emerging practice, and its potential as a catalyst for environmental change has been noted. In Texas, athletic departments can benefit exponentially from water conservation initiatives as an ongoing drought and increasing population persist. An EnviroMedia statewide public awareness survey noted that 87% of Texans are more likely to conserve water after learning ideas on how to do so. Institutions of higher education bear responsibility to spread knowledge of pressing issues that will continue to affect the community at large. This research aims to highlight the opportunity that St. Edward's University (SEU) has to conserve water and educate the public through the installation of a rainwater harvesting system (RHS) on campus. Using ArcGIS to develop a campus map, our study develops various rainwater collection scenarios. Our findings indicate that a 75,000 gallon system can yield optimal water and costs savings for the school. Thus, if SEU collects and uses rainwater to irrigate one or more athletic fields, we believe it will be economically advantageous to the school and have a positive environmental impact on the surrounding community.