Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
OP-21: 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 Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Medium to High

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 57,099,650 Gallons 113,726,668 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 57,099,650 Gallons 113,726,668 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021
Baseline Period 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 metered water data for.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,426 2,561
Number of employees resident on-site 4 7
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,676 2,811
Full-time equivalent of employees 962 946
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3,336 3,459.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 17,116.20 Gallons 32,871.35 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
47.93

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,516,954 Gross Square Feet 2,012,751 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 22.69 Gallons / GSF 56.50 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
59.85

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 1,209 Acres 1,275 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 47,228.83 Gallons / Acre 89,197.39 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
47.05

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:
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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:

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.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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