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Teachers College is committed to water-efficiency and conservation practices.

New York City’s drinking water is known for its high quality and taste. In 2019, the City’s water supply system provided more than 1 billion gallons of safe drinking water every day to more than 8.4 million residents of the City. The City’s Department of Environmental Protection is partnering with other city agencies, institutions of higher learning, and businesses to help conserve water. To learn more about New York City’s water, click here and here.

Water is a crucial resource for everyone and is part of our daily lives. Aside from our homes, water is essential at places where we work and study too. At Teachers College, we use water for making coffee at the TC Cafe, cooking at Dining Hall, washing our hands in bathrooms, heating and cooling classrooms throughout the year, and for student residents to shower and cook. 

At Teachers College, water-efficiency and water conservation is a significant priority. Water-efficient practices and technology are widely implemented across buildings. Below are a few examples of the College's efforts.

Metered water filling stations help to minimize the use and dependency on disposable plastic bottles. Over 700,000 liters of water (1.4 million 16 ounce plastic bottles) have been dispensed at 31 fountains throughout the academic and residential buildings since installation in 2014. Product information about TC’s water filling stations can be found here.

Academic Locations
Residential Locations
  • Grace Dodge – Ground, 2nd, 4th
  • Whittier – 1st floor, 10th Floor Lounge
  • Horace Mann – Ground, 3rd, 4th, 5th
  • New Residence – Fitness Room
  • Macy Hall – Ground, 2nd
  • Bancroft – Basement
  • Russell Hall – Ground, 3rd
  • Seth Low - Basement
  • Thompson Hall – 1st, 3rd, 4th
  • 528 West 121st St. – 3rd–6th, 8th-11th
  • Zankel Hall – Ground, 2nd, 3rd, 4th


In Student Housing, low flow shower heads and shower bodies have been installed in all renovated apartments. Residence Halls including Bancroft, Grant, Sarasota and Whittier have been renovated with low flow toilets and urinals too.

At Teachers College, all bathrooms have been equipped with water restrictors and/or motion activated faucets. Faucets that have the metering device will shut off after it delivers a predetermined amount of water. Low flow toilets and urinals have also been installed in all academic restrooms.

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