York University has a number of campus-wide initiatives aimed at water conservation, from green building design and retrofit to grounds maintenance to the installation of water refill stations across both the Keele and Glendon campuses.

Green Buildings

Six York buildings (The York Research Tower (including the Archives of Ontario), Computer Science Building, Pond Road Residence, Seymour Schulich Building, Technology Enhanced Learning Building and Sherman Health Sciences and Research Center) were constructed using with low-flow water fixtures and dual-flush toilets (meeting LEED certification requirements for water efficiency). CSBO is in the process of retrofitting several other buildings across both the Keele and Glendon campuses with high efficiency water fixtures.

CSBO Housing Services

CSBO has increased water efficiency in on-campus housing by replacing taps and toilets with high efficiency fixtures, and by replacing shower diverters to prevent water flow from both spout and showerhead. In addition, over 200 laundry machines have been replaced with high efficiency units across campus.

Storm Water Management

Both the Computer Science building and Pond Road residence have green roofs that limit storm water runoff.


York has reduced the amount of irrigation required on campus grounds through new design, development and management procedures. The University has moved towards xeriscaping, which focuses on native, drought resistant plants and requires little or no irrigation. New plants are typically watered only to allow them to take root.

Water Refill Stations

Glendon and Keele campuses. There are currently more than 25 water refill stations that provide clean, cold water free of charge, with more are being added on an ongoing basis. Please see the Green Maps page for the locations of the water refill stations. There are also approximately 200 drinking fountains across both campuses.

Bring your reusable water bottle to campus and help us reduce the waste associated with disposable water bottles.