Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.24
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.62 / 4.00 Tyce Herrman
Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 37,408,431 Gallons 43,910,586 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 37,408,431 Gallons 43,910,586 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,979 1,912.50
Number of residential employees 26 26
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2,344.84 2,345
Full-time equivalent of employees 829 780
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,962,411 Square Feet 1,883,140 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 111.11 Acres 98.84 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

The baseline matches our GHG baseline

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

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

The Center for Sustainable Living, a LEED Gold special interest residence hall, employs grey water from the showers and bathroom sinks to flush commodes. Rain barrels also capture roof runoff to be used for the irrigation of flower and vegetable beds around the house. Rain barrels are also used at the Kaufman Hall greenhouse for irrigating the surrounding landscaping. Our Organic Farm utilizes an irrigation pond that not only captures rainfall but also runoff from the barn roof.

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

Basic CF metering as supplied by municipality. Read monthly with usage communicated via billing and entered in database for monitoring and reporting.

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

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

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

Our landscaping crew selects native plants that are drought-tolerant and do not rely on high inputs of water.

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

We do not employ weather-informed irrigation as our plant selection is precisely chosen to negate the use of water. Essentially, we allow natural weather patterns to nurture our landscape.

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:

Vegetated area does not exclude paving (parking lots, roads, sidewalks, etc.) on campus. We have not inventoried this space yet. It only excludes building footprint.

Vegetated area in baseline year
- building space FY 08 1,793,140 square feet = 41.165 acres
FY 14 1,962,411 square feet = 45.051 acres
- grounds assumed same campus space as performance year (FY14, 128 acres)
- farm 12 acres FY 08
28.16 acres FY 14

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