Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.19
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colgate University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 63825344 Gallons 113726668 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 63825344 Gallons 113726668 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year June 1, 2004 May 31, 2005

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

Fiscal Year 2004-5 is the earliest year we have reliable data for.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2437 2561
Number of employees resident on-site 4 7
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2865 2811
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 962 946
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3480.50 3459.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 18337.98 Gallons 32871.35 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
44.21

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2422000 Gross Square Feet 2012751 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 26.35 Gallons / GSF 56.50 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
53.36

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 345 Acres 395 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 185001.00 Gallons / Acre 287915.62 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
35.74

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:
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A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

We do collect stormwater run-off in rain barrels to assist with the irrigation of our 0.5 acre organic garden.


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):

In 2011-12, we replaced all showerheads on campus with low-flow models. We also installed aerated faucets and low-flow toilets in all renovations and in some cases as part of general replacement.


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