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Campus Activity

  • In an effort to manage storm water runoff, Swarthmore has installed porous pavement, green roofs, rain gardens, infiltration beds, and underground infiltration systems that help to absorb rainwater before it runs off.
  • Cisterns are used to capture stormwater runoff so that it may be used for landscape irrigation.
  • A biostream behind McCabe library helps to collect rainwater in a natural feature in the landscape.
  • Five green roofs, totaling approximately 31,000 square feet, absorb rainwater while also providing natural habitat.
  • The College sponsored Crum Creek Monitoring Project monitors the overall health of the Crum Creek watershed in the area on and around the campus.
  • All dormitory bathrooms have low-flow shower heads.
  • Most laundry units on campus are high-efficiency models.

Stormwater Stairs

Landscape architect Mara Baird '80 designed the features shown here that prevent soil erosion behind the College's Science Center.

Water and Energy Conservation

To conserve water, Dining Services recently installed water-saving faucets and toilets, as well as a new dishwashing machine that significantly reduces water usage. Additionally, Sharples Dining Hall is on an energy-management operations system, which means its lights, air-conditioning, and heat are turned off whenever possible.