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February 9, 2012

Birmingham-Southern College projects recognized for water conservation, environmental improvement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern received a Watershed Conservation Development Award at the annual meeting of the Cahaba River Society Feb. 2 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for its water-saving features in the new Lakeview North and Lakeview South residence halls on campus.

BSC's two LEED-certified residence halls, which opened in fall 2010, were recognized for their high efficiency dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, and hot water recirculating pump. The facilities also were recognized for the 15,000 gallon underground tank used to harvest rainwater from half of the total roof area to reuse for landscape irrigation purposes. The measures save the college about 300,000 gallons of water a year.

This marks the second time in three years that Birmingham-Southern has received this award. The college's Urban Environmental Park was recognized in 2010 for its water conservation initiatives.

The Cahaba River Society awards are presented annually to projects that conserve water resources through environmental design, effective construction best management practices, low impact development post-construction storm water practices, water harvesting and reuse, drinking water efficiency, and watershed restoration.

At the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association annual meeting last month in Mobile, two landscape firms were recognized for their work on BSC's Urban Environmental Park and for ongoing campus landscape maintenance.

Blackjack Horticulture of Birmingham received top honors in the Commercial Design Installation Greater than $25,000 category for the company's landscaping work on the Birmingham-Southern Urban Environmental Park.

Landscape Services, Inc. of Birmingham, which is responsible for the daily maintenance of the BSC campus grounds, won the Commercial Landscape Maintenance Award for overall campus maintenance program.

The ALNLA awards program is designed to create public awareness of the impact of ornamental horticulture in environmental improvement.

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