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April showers bring May flowers...

(Rainwater Harvesting System Facilities & Services Greenhouse)

February 22, 2012

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Actually, with our new rainwater harvesting system, precipitation from any time of the year can be caught, stored and used to water the plants growing in the Facilities & Services greenhouse. The catchment system, located at the greenhouse in R&D Park, serves to enhance Stony Brook University's water conservation efforts. Re-using rainwater collected from the rooftop of the greenhouse is an environmentally advantageous (and economical) way to supply water for irrigation purposes. Rainwater harvesting conserves municipal water and well water, is low in salts and additives so it's good for plants, and can help reduce flooding and erosion in the immediate area. The project team even took sustainability a step further and created the cisterns by using drums re-purposed from the Campus Operations & Maintenance department! For more information on this Sustainability Story, please contact the Stony Brook University Office of Sustainability.

by Susan Fusaro


In the Spring of 2009, Stony Brook completed construction on a 60'x25' greenhouse at the Research and Development Park. The greenhouse is used to cultivate most of the annual plants used in the landscaping on Campus. By growing these annuals in our very own greenhouse, the Grounds department is able to recycle materials already in inventory, save energy and reduce the University's carbon footprint. The University has also seen a reduction in the costs associated with purchasing landscape plants from off campus nurseries. The plants grown in the greenhouse are used at all entrances to the University, as well as in flower beds and planters around buildings and some flower beds along interior roadways and bike paths. The majority of the plantings are done by University Grounds employees, although they receive assistance from student, faculty and staff volunteers during the annual Spring Pride Patrol.

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