WaterHub at Emory University Wins Sustainability Awards
Through its innovative, award-winning WaterHub project Emory University is demonstrating that higher education facilities development can play a prominent role in advancing sustainability. Based on eco-engineering, which leverages microorganisms to safely recycle water, the WaterHub was the first of its kind in the United States.
The work at the WaterHub at Emory University has been acknowledged by multiple environmental, engineering, water usage and civic organizations. Most recently two awards were added to its growing list of accolades:
- Superior Environmental Performance Award from the Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference and the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
- Engineering Excellence Grand Award in the Water Resources category from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina
Other awards include:
- 2015 Project Achievement Award Infrastructure Private Sector category from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
- 2015 Innovative Project of the Year Award from WateReuse Association (WRA)
- 2015 Liquid Assets Award from Metro Atlanta Chamber
The impact of the WaterHub at Emory goes beyond its urban, campus to directly impacting the City of Atlanta’s water conservation. The WaterHub reduces the university’s dependence on Atlanta’s watershed by up to 146 million gallons of water annually resulting in more water for the community at-large.
“This (facility) offers an interesting case study for how an institution can move a community a bold step in water conservation,” Ciannat Howett, director of the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University.
In addition to producing millions of gallons of useable water, the WaterHub at Emory University is being used for hands-on student research and training.