As part of an ongoing campus-wide upgrade with an eye toward energy and cost savings, the university pressed an almost 100-year-old underground cistern back into service to collect and recycle rainwater that drains from surrounding buildings. Dominican also prevents stormwater from flowing into the municipal sewer system by means of a bioswale and parking lots with permeable paving.
Sustainable design was incorporated into the renovation of both the interior and exterior of this historic hotel, now a high-rise. To conserve potable water, each apartment was outfitted with low-flow bathroom and kitchen faucets and showerheads. And to prevent stormwater from running off site, there are a 50-gallon rain barrel in the building's vegetable garden and permeable pavers in the parking lot.