Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.15
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Bucknell University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.10 / 4.00 Greg Koontz
Associate Director Utilities Maintenance
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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 100,342,900 Gallons 94,660,635 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 100,342,900 Gallons 94,660,635 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,973 3,050
Number of residential employees 17 17
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3,527.20 3,563
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,308.70 1,162
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,711,874 Square Feet 2,500,000 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 365 Acres 386 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

The baseline of fiscal year 2008 for water usage was adopted to keep the numbers consistent with Bucknell's Comprehensive Environmental Assessment conducted and completed in 2008. This comprehensive report is the most recent document that measures all aspects of Bucknell's campus with respect to sustainability. It was also adopted to keep the baseline used for all other reporting sections consistent.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

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

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

All buildings on campus are metered for their water usage in some way. Many larger buildings, such as academic buildings and dorms, do not have their own water meters, meaning that a few meters track water usage for multiple buildings. Many smaller buildings, mostly small administrative buildings and residential homes, have their own water meters that track water usage for those buildings only.

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

All building renovations, construction projects, and new buildings completed since 1992 have low flow water fixtures (1.0 gpf urinals, 1.28 gpf toilets, 2.5 gpm shower-heads, and 1.5 gpm sinks). A few buildings on campus built within the last two years are LEED certified and have more efficient fixtures (0.125 gpf urinals, 1.28 gpf toilets, 1.5 gpm shower-heads, and 0.5 gpm sinks). Some other spots on campus have dual-flush toilets.

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

The Bucknell Green Fund, a revolving fund that subsidizes student-led projects that make the campus more sustainable and that pay themselves back within seven years, has funded a project that has replaced outdated fixtures in a residential campus home with efficient water fixtures this past year. Additionally, last summer, the Bucknell Environmental Center funded a student to complete a comprehensive assessment of Bucknell's water usage. A complete payback analysis for installing low-flow fixtures for 16 of the highest water-wasting buildings on campus was conducted by the student. Bucknell plans to pursue and fund the renovations project for these 16 buildings this fall.

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

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

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:

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