Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.29
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date March 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 9,110,000 Gallons 6,306,000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 9,110,000 Gallons 6,306,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021
Baseline Period April 1, 2018 April 1, 2019

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

This is our third reporting year.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 503 735
Number of employees resident on-site 24 461
Number of other individuals resident on-site 39 20
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 841 735
Full-time equivalent of employees 312 461
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 136 0
Weighted campus users 933.50 1,216

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9,758.97 Gallons 5,185.86 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 505,331 Gross Square Feet 505,331 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 18.03 Gallons / GSF 12.48 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
0

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 425 Acres 425 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 21,435.29 Gallons / Acre 14,837.65 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
0

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

We have installed low flow shower heads in all student houses. We have also replaced the majority of the main arteries of our underground steam line network to eliminate leaks. There are no exterior areas on campus that are watered.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

None.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

All new toilets on campus are low flow.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.