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Cisco HQ Reduces Water Use by 42 million gallons
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Cisco HQ Reduces Water Use by 42 million gallons

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By retro-commissioning variable frequency drive and HVAC systems, the Cisco Systems campus in San Jose now saves 22 million gallons of water per year. Water efficiency programs for cafeteria kitchens, locker room showers, bathrooms, landscaping and cooling towers saves another 20 million gallons per year.

Cisco recently installed 99 evapo-transpiration irrigation controllers with rain sensors, resulting in a 21% reduction in landscape water use. They converted 12 large display fountains into planter beds and utilize drought-tolerant plants, drip irrigation and mulch to reduce water use throughout the campus. Recycled water for landscape irrigation and display fountains represents 30% of water consumption.

Together, these measures have earned the network giant a Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award, which is sponsored by a coalition of 12 Valley organizations.

“Population growth and climate change will only exacerbate the water challenges we face as a region and as a state, so water conservation is more important now than ever,” said Marianna Grossman, Executive Director of Sustainable Silicon Valley. “The good news is that saving water also saves energy, so it has a double benefit for both climate protection and adaptation.”

The award shows that Cisco made good on its commitment in its latest corporate responsibility report to implement water conversion measures at its San Jose Campus after the company’s total water consumption increased in FY09, which the company attributed to the expansion of its San Jose campus.

The Water Conservation Awards is now in its second year, and five more awards are being given on Monday to organizations in different sectors, like agriculture and education. But the business category has always been the most competitive, says Peter Drekmeier, one of the award judges and the mayor of Palo Alto. Drekmeier says Cisco stood out among the pack for its commitment to water conservation.











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