A more sustainable world depends on safe and reliable access to clean water. We can lead the way at MITRE campuses through systems-focused solutions to reduce our impact on local watersheds. At the same time, conserving water also reduces our water and sewer bills, wastewater treatment costs, and energy use for pumping, heating and treating water.
Indoors, the MITRE facilities team is assessing water use across our activities and programs to help guide efficiency solutions. MITRE is moving toward water conservation strategies that connect our behavior with improved technologies by adopting efficient appliances, maintaining consistent water temperatures, and encouraging more efficient use of water-intensive machinery. Employees can also take advantage of dispensers that provide municipal water filtered through charcoal filters across our campuses.
Conserving water use isn’t limited to indoor systems. MITRE conserves stormwater and prevents runoff through the use of rooftop cisterns and water-retaining landscaping. Limiting runoff reduces the amount of water diverted from local watersheds, improves our own water conservation efforts, and incorporates smarter resource management into facilities planning.
By using rain harvesting for irrigation, incorporating rain gardens and green infrastructure into landscape design, and planting native species with an eye toward water retention, MITRE campuses can improve outdoor water use while benefiting local wildlife.
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Civic Time Activities
Your involvement in water conservation doesn’t have to stop when the workday does. MITRE is proud to offer Civic Time to make it even easier to give back to the community through protecting, preserving, and conserving waterways.
The opportunities below are just a starting point—when it comes to water conservation, there’s no shortage of local and community-based organizations with a commitment to stewardship, problem-solving and service that mirror our values at MITRE.