Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.95
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Clarkson University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Susan Powers
Director of the Institute for a Sustainable Environment
"---" 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 38,124,000 Gallons 37,702,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 38,056,000 Gallons 37,702,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,479 2,172
Number of residential employees 1 1
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3,711 3,095
Full-time equivalent of employees 747 567
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 147 50

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,700,033 Square feet 1,555,293 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 421 Acres 421 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

FY2005 used as baseline year per requirement of previous STARS reporting

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

Rainwater is collected from the roof and used in sinks and toilets in TAC building.

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

All buildings have water meters that are read and interpreted monthly

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

All new water consuming fixtures are low-flow per building and construction standards. These are installed as needed during building renovation.

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

All new water consuming fixtures are low-flow per building and construction standards. These are installed as needed during building renovation.

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

Our region has plentiful water; very little irrigation is needed. Gardens and trees are selected for the rainwater resources that we have.

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

The grounds manager monitors weather closely and adjusts our irrigation to match weather conditions.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

Clarkson strives to be a responsible steward of its water resources and to lower its consumption. The Design Team shall evaluate and integrate innovative technologies to address the challenges of harvesting, storing, reclaiming, and reusing its water resources. Design Teams may need to collaborate with and address concerns of local governing authorities in certain locations and situations. Water use in new buildings and existing building renovations shall be 30% below the Energy Policy Act of 1992 standards. Therefore, all new construction and existing building renovations shall have water efficient fixtures and products installed, such as low-flow faucets, showerheads, toilets (waterless toilets are not permitted), and appliances. 

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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