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Chamber Water Committee takes a field trip to The DoSeum

On Wednesday, your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Water Committee took a field trip to The DoSeum to learn more about their sustainability features related to water conservation.

Dan Menelly, CEO of The DoSeum, welcomed the committee and spoke of how The DoSeum was designed and constructed to fulfill its vision of a vibrant space showcasing smart, sustainable features. This vision has made it among the most sustainable museums in Texas, and the DoSeum is slated to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

On the tour, the committee witnessed firsthand a water reclamation system that captures approximately 180,000 gallons per year from the museum’s HVAC system. The water is then reused for on-site irrigation. Conservation efforts extend outside the building as well. Storm water runoff from the street is filtered through two natural bioswales at The DoSeum before flowing back into the San Antonio River. In addition, a 33,000-gallon cistern shows museum guests how condensation is captured from the rooftop units, and pumped into the cistern. Sustainability features have led to a savings of more than $800 in utility costs per month.

Click here to learn more about The DoSeum’s sustainability efforts, and make sure to plan a visit soon!

For more information about joining the Chamber’s Water Committee, please contact Stephanie Reyes at sreyes@sachamber.org or by phone at 210-229-2162.

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