Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.37
Liaison Andrew Bernard
Submission Date July 27, 2016
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Central New Mexico Community College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Molly Blumhoefer
Campus as a Living Lab and Sustainability Project Manager
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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 74,878.12 Cubic meters 115,533.05 Cubic meters

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 74,878.12 Cubic meters 115,533.05 Cubic meters

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students
Number of residential employees
Number of in-patient hospital beds
Full-time equivalent enrollment
Full-time equivalent of employees
Full-time equivalent of distance education students

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 171,702.12 Square meters 116,400.86 Square meters

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 20.64 Hectares 9.71 Hectares

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 30, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2008 Dec. 31, 2008

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
CNM selected 2008 since it was the year that CNM first began to collect data to begin its sustainable efforts. In the spring of 2008, President Winograd signed the ACCUP climate committment.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
Cubic meters

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:
CNM has worked with local agencies to protect and enhance the arroyos located within and adjacent to the campuses. Working with the USGS on public water supply wells to provide areas on campus to study water quality.

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:
As part of the CNM sustainiable plan, CNM began seperating irrigation meters from building water meters to collect data. CNM works with the City of Albuquerque Water Authority to review water usage and track the information against other agencies within the City of Albuquerque. Work with Water Authority to collect rebates for water conservation measures.

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:
Develop a reclaimed water plan for CNM. Installation of irrigation water meters and associated water management equipment to increase accuracy and control over water use within the landscaping. Develop purchasing standards for water fixtures. About one half of the buildings on campus mostly the newer buildings have water efficient fixtures installed. The campus has an opportunity to take advantage of the new technology available in ultra efficient fixtures in all buildings that are retrofitted. Newer fixtures in all new buildings that will be constructed in the next few years, and in buildings that are retrofitted. Assess future building and new landscaping projects for water usage before construction. All new buildings will be certified at a LEED Silver or higher. The LLED standard include consideration of water usage, but additional assessment may be needed to measure and reduce potential water usage at new projects. Obtain a commitment from the administration to reduce all bottle water purchases from GAA funding. Supply new water fountains and water distribution stations to reduce the need for bottled water.

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
CNM works with the Water Authority to review water practices. Waters bills are reviewed each month to determine areas of concerns. Break rooms have been consolidated within areas to minimize water use.

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):
CNM has been including a plan to remove non native vegitation and replacing it with native and drought tolerant plants. Areas include the removal of grass along Coal Avenue, the removal of grass along Smith Brasher Hall, Upgrades to the irrigation systems to drip irrigation.

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:
All renovation and construction project are required to have low flow toilets and urinals within the restrooms. Break rooms have been consolidated in areas to minimize the number of sinks.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
2014: 58,283,829.0 total water (Luis Campos) 2016: 19, 780,716

2014: 58,283,829.0 total water (Luis Campos)
2016: 19, 780,716

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