Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.26
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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California State University, Channel Islands
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 5.00 Jose Antonio Chanes
AD of Infrastructure and Energy
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 93,357 Gallons 167,957,111 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 80,632,519 Gallons 85,515 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,020 795
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 4,315 3,040
Full-time equivalent of employees 658 438
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,368,181 Square Feet 1,368,181 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 643.81 Acres 643.81 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, 2008 June 30, 2009

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

The water use baseline was adopted early on in the university's creation to promote efficiency in water and other resource usage. We put out monthly sustainability reports to keep track of the progress the school is making toward water consumption practices.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
87,324,592 Gallons

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

California State University Channel Islands (CI) is replacing the campuses infrastructure. Part of this project is a reclaimed water line to supply irrigation water throughout campus. At this time, we are approximately thirty percent reclaimed irrigation. Upon project completion this calendar year all irrigation on campus will be done using reclaim water.

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

California State University Channel Islands (CI) currently has twenty-four water meters on campus. Twelve of those campus meters are installed for building monitoring. All water meters are Neptune Turbines with R900i coders for remote reading and data collection.

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

Facilities Services is currently developing a plan & scope to replace existing toilets with high efficiency toilets.

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

Facilities Services is currently replacing sprinkler heads with high efficiency sprinklers with an incentive program through Camrosa Water District

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

California State University Channel Islands (CI) has developed a strategy that uses xeriscape landscape techniques with the goal to decrease the amount of existing lawn area & irrigation, minimize the required maintenance of planting areas adjacent to buildings, and provide an opportunity to educate people about the appropriateness of these types of plants to maintaining a sustainable campus grounds. This strategy has been completed across approximately a quarter of the campus grounds that are currently actively maintained (CI has just under 1200 acres of land, but most of this is in its natural state), with plans to continue across the remainder of the core campus through funding from adjacent capital projects. A new native plant field was installed last year behind the new Broome Library as a pilot project to provide an area for people to enjoy and learn more about the native species prevalent in the region. An existing cactus garden was transplanted to an adjacent tract of land at the University Town Center that abuts the base of the coastal Santa Monica Mountain Range.
A new entrance road into the campus is under construction, and the landscaping will utilize similar techniques that will achieve the goals stated above. This will include native grasses planted along new levee system, restoration of a native riparian habitat along the adjacent Long Grade Creek, development of wetlands areas, and landscaping along the main road that uses native and drought-tolerant plant species. In the front of the Broome Library, there are Californian and Mexican desert plants. Due to the adaption of these plants to this region, less water is needed; therefore, CI installed low precipitation rate spray heads.

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

California State University Channel Islands does use weather data to adjust irrigation.

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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