Water Conservation

LEED Platinum Student Services Building

The Student Services Building is certified LEED Platinum, achieving the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The University of Texas at Dallas is taking extra precautions to protect our landscape and conserve water during the 2011 drought.

UT Dallas is protecting the trees and plants on its 445 acres while remaining committed to assisting the city of Richardson in its goal to reduce water usage by 10 percent as part of the Stage 3 water restrictions.

UT Dallas’ three licensed irrigators, a water auditor, three journeymen plumbers and one master plumber are focused on water conservation in buildings and around the grounds.

UT Dallas is saving water in the following ways to help the city of Richardson meet its conservation goals:

  • Water use by the irrigation systems has been reduced by 10 percent.
  • Grounds personnel have postponed new planting and removed select plants. Perennials, shrubs, trees or newly planted material will be watered manually.
  • All manual watering is completed by 10 a.m.
  • A preventive maintenance sweep has been completed throughout campus to identify and eliminate dripping faucets and leaks.
  • Facilities Management has installed water meters on large construction projects to monitor usage.

For more information about the University’s water conservation efforts, please call UT Dallas’ Facilities Management at (972) 883-2141.

Conservation Built Into the Student Services Building

Student Services Building Light Scoop

Photo Credit: Charles Davis Smith, AIA
The light scoop helps concentrate sunlight and focuses it into the core of the building for lighting and heating purposes.

The Student Services Building, completed in 2010, has been certified by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Building. LEED is a designation that recognizes environmentally conservative or “green” design and construction features.


The building’s design accommodates water conservation practices for Texas, a region that is notorious for experiencing long periods of drought, incorporating measures such as:

  • Automatic sensors in faucets, dual-flush toilets and low-flow (1 pint) urinals.
  • There is an 86 percent water-use reduction for domestic potable water and rain-water harvesting for irrigation served by a two-tank 40,000-gallon cistern. Sewage conveyance is in a primary 20,000-gallon tank supplemented by domestic water as needed.
  • Irrigation is in a secondary 20,000-gallon tank where no domestic water is used.
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping and indigenous planting is provided.