SRU's AmeriCorps distributes
water aerators to save energy
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's AmeriCorps program and the University's Division of Student Life will join with the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative to educate students about water conservation Oct. 14.
AmeriCorps participants, as part of their environmental programming efforts, will introduce SRU students to the cost-effective use of water aerators by handing out free aerators and instructing students about their installation.
The purpose of the program is to assist students in the Slippery Rock community in reducing their home/apartment water consumption by as much as 50 percent. Aerators, which restrict flow and inject air, can also reduce the energy cost of heating water by as much as 50 percent.
All public restrooms at SRU make use of restricted-flow aerators on sink spigots.
Currently, more than 5,000 SRU students live off-campus and could benefit from the installation of the aerators, said Laural Dagnon, director of programming for SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
Pittsburgh Higher Education Climate Consortium is furnishing the aerators.
HECC actively engages all Pittsburgh region colleges and universities to collaborate, share information and set goals regarding research agenda, education curricula, operations, outreach activities and commitments that reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.
Included in the HECC program are the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Community College of Allegheny County, Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, LaRoche College, the Penn State Center, the University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University and Robert Morris University.
Members of the AmeriCorps Environmental Team attended a workshop this week at CMU for additional training on the connection between water conservation and energy conservation.
The SRU AmeriCorps is part of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership within the Division of Student Life.
For additional information on the program, call Chris Stefanides, an AmeriCorps member, at 724.738.2273.