Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Black Hills State University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.30 / 4.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 38,365,690 Gallons 35,903,100 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 38,365,690 Gallons 35,903,100 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 839 736
Number of residential employees 3 3
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3,291 2,950
Full-time equivalent of employees 404 341
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 841 760

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 793,776 Square Feet 731,695 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 123 Acres 123 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2011 June 30, 2012
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

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

Each building on campus is separately water metered. Water usage accounting takes place each month in EnergyCAP.


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

High efficiency plumbing fixtures have been installed on most buildings in campus.


A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
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A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

Plants on the Student Union's Green Roof were chosen based on their ability to thrive without a large amount of water or care.
The Ethnobotanical Garden outside the Life Science Laboratory is landscaped with native plants and grasses.


A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

The Residence Halls have competed in water conservation contests resulting in water savings and greater awareness of water use by campus residents.


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