Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.65
Liaison Jennifer Sanchez
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Bakersfield
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.00 / 6.00 Paula Bray
Director of Facilities Operations
Facilities Management
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Level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 145,387,264 Gallons 227,108,552.60 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 145,387,264 Gallons 227,108,552.60 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2015

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

The baseline was adopted due to restrictions being put in place at the state and local levels during the recent drought. The baseline was adopted to show an average between 2013-2015 water useage, based on the data that was available.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 395 332
Number of employees resident on-site 2 1
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 7,764 7,525
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 997 790
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,473 1,415
Weighted campus users 5,565.25 5,258.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 26,124.12 Gallons 43,190.90 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
39.51

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,182,863 Gross Square Feet 1,016,389 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 122.91 Gallons / GSF 223.45 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
44.99

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
Yes

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 256 Acres 256 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 567,919 Gallons / Acre 887,142.78 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
35.98

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:

CSUB has been promoting water-effiency and conservation by the use of the three Water-Wise gardens that have been placed on campus. The gardens focus on the use of Xeriscaping by the removal of grass, and replacement with mulch, rocks, or other drought tolerant vegetation that help reduce the water use on campus. These gardens show students that landscaping can be attractive, and still help reduce the amount of water that is used on campus.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives (e.g. building retrofits):

The majority of restroom sinks on campus have been converted to automatic shutoff faucets. These faucets are considered low-flow faucets, that greatly reduces the amount of water flowing while turned on. The urinals on campus located in the mens restrooms have been converted to waterless systems, these new systems allow for no water to be used. Many of the toilets on camous have been converted to low-flow toilets reducing the amount of water being used for each flush.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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