Water The University of St. Gallen aims at continually reducing the use of water and to preserve this precious resource. With less water consumption also the energy use for the water processing and the costs for the University are reduced. As a Blue University the HSG promotes the consumption of tap water as well as the understanding of water being a public good. Water Consumption The University of St.Gallen aims to continually reduce the use of water to preserve this precious resource. Less water consumption leads to reduced energy use for water processing and reduced costs for the University. The reduction in water consumption is a continuous process. The measures implemented to conserve water are: ▪ Flow volume reduction and the use of flow regulators ▪ Dismantling of the pressure-booster station in the sports gymnasium ▪ Lowering of warm water temperatures leading to less use of cold water for mixing ▪ Warm water circulation changed to decentralised water heating ▪ Time switcher for fountains ▪ Use of airblade dryers instead of paper towels in the toilets (a saving of 20 tonnes of paper and indirect water-production savings of 330,000 litres per year) Planned measures: ▪ Installation of state of the art sanitary facilities when renovating or constructing new building. ▪ Installation of waterless urinals HSG as a Blue University In 2016, the HSG became a “Blue University.” This is a certificate that the international NGO, “The Council of Canadians”, awards. Together with the University, the city of St.Gallen and the St.Gallen schools of higher education – the University of Applied Sciences and the University of Teacher Education – were awarded the Blue University/ Blue Community label. This is the first time such a joint certification has been achieved. As part of its Blue University commitment, the HSG promotes the consumption of tap water as well as the recognition of water as a public good. The aim of this initiative is to increase awareness of access to water as a human right. Blue Universities inspire their surroundings to drink more tap water, which is significantly better for the environment and also far cheaper than mineral water. In order to promote tap water, all HSG employees received a Christmas 2012/2013 gift of water carafes and drinking glasses for their workplace. Furthermore, nine “H2Oases” were installed at highly frequented locations, offering students convenient opportunities to refill their drinking bottles. Three more “H2Oases” are currently planned. Moreover, the new students received a squeasy drinking bottle during the Fresher’s Week in 2016 and 2017. Thus, in total 2750 squeasy bottles were given to students in 2016, and 2800 in 2017, in order to sensibilise them to drink tap water. In september 2017 the HSG shop started selling the squeasy drinking bottles. In general, Blue Universities strive towards a more responsible handling of water within their structures and processes, but also beyond in other regions and countries.