This month, we spotlight Princeton’s new water reduction target. Our goal is to reduce absolute campus water usage by 11 percent by 2026 and 26 percent by 2046, even while the campus grows.

Our actions will reverse a trend of increased water usage through changes in water-intensive energy infrastructure, and by replacing potable water whenever possible with reclaimed and rain water, among other strategies.

In parallel, we aim to encourage mindful consumption across the campus community by building a sense of connection between our everyday choices and water, as well as other natural resources. While relatively abundant in this region, water still requires a significant amount of energy and chemical inputs as it’s transported from the source, to the tap, to a wastewater treatment facility.