Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.35
Liaison Mary Lucus
Submission Date March 14, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Belmont University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.12 / 3.00 Mary Lucus
Director, IR
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 83,161,324 Gallons 71,271,684 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 79,862,464 Gallons 71,271,684 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,112 2,475
Number of residential employees 14 14
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 6,890 5,994
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,067 926
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 3,248,056 Square feet 1,742,885 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 37.50 Acres 37.50 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2014 May 31, 2015
Baseline Year June 1, 2008 May 31, 2009

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
3,306,960 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

Ground water is collected in the basement of Inman, Wedgewood and McWhorter for irrigation purposes. This water is used around McWhorter and Patton Halls. Drip irrigation is utilized around plant beds at McWhorter and Patton Halls.

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:

The university is phasing in smart irrigation technology with a Toro Sentinel system and weather station which measures precipitation and ETR to control irrigation. Additionally low flow toilets and faucets are used as a standard in new construction.

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

All landscapes are designed with drip irrigation systems to minimize water loss through evaporation.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:

We utilize rain sensors to de-energize irrigation systems during rain events. Irrigation controllers are manually monitored to manage operation, not currently utilizing moisture sensors. We are currently doing a phased installation of a central irrigation controllers with flow meters. A weather station has been installed.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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