Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 41.01
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

East Carolina University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.42 / 4.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 185118673 Gallons 187625563 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 135894991 Gallons 136648464 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

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

The baseline, Fiscal Year 2013, was chosen based on the availability of past figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users".


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 5561 5407
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 25065 23890.50
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 5569 5391.60
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 5836.94 4361.75
Weighted campus users 19988.05 20042.01

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 6798.81 Gallons 6818.10 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
0.28

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 6804178 Gross Square Feet 6220312 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 19.97 Gallons / GSF 21.97 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
9.09

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 1 Acres 1 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 185118673 Gallons / Acre 187625563 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
1.34

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:

We have started (but not yet completed) the process of placing stickers near bathroom and kitchen sinks that say, "Hear a drip, give us a tip" with the "Every drop counts" logo. Other than that, we have not included water conservation in our dorm energy challenges.


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

All of the water collect in cisterns on Main and Health Sciences Campuses is used by grounds to water plants and provide irrigation where there is no fixed system in place. The only facility owned and operated by ECU that reuses water inside the building is the water capture system at the Coastal Studies Institute in Manteo, NC. This system cycles water back through the plumbing to flush toilets.


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):

Faucet aerators have been installed on the majority of sinks across campus. The two main campus cafeterias have water efficient dishwashers. Low-flow toilets and showerheads have been installed in new and recently renovated residence halls. A rigorous leak detection and repair program has been in place for several years. There are over 60 water bottle refill stations on both campuses, which have kept nearly 2 million plastic bottles out of landfills.


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

Potable Water (both campuses) - Rebecca Bizzell, Facilities Administration

Non-Potable Water (Main Campus) - Richard Garris,

Non-Potable Water (Health Sciences campus) - Mike Rowe, Assistant Director

Part 3 Notes:

FY 16 area = 1,404.7 acres

FY 16 BSF = 156.2 acres

FY 16 non-permeable area = _____ acres

Vegetated Area = 1,404.7 - 156.2 - ______ = _______ acres

FY 13 area = 1401.424 acres

FY 13 BSF = 142.799 acres

FY 13 non-permeable area = _____ acres

Vegetated Area = 1401.424 - 142.799 - ______ = _______ acres

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