Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Connecticut State University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.78 / 5.00 Renee Theroux-Keech
Interim Director
Office of Facilities Management & Planning
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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 29,747,697 Gallons
+ Date Revised: Oct. 5, 2021
43,768,974 Gallons
+ Date Revised: Oct. 5, 2021

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 29,747,697 Gallons
+ Date Revised: Oct. 5, 2021
43,768,974 Gallons
+ Date Revised: Oct. 5, 2021

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year June 7, 2013 June 6, 2014

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

We kept the baseline from our previous 2016 STARS submission to highlight the amount we've changed.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,430 2,628
Number of employees resident on-site 11 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 4,638 5,440
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 640 744
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 5 440
Weighted campus users 4,565 4,968

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 6,516.47 Gallons 8,810.18 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
26.03

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,413,802 Gross Square Feet 2,288,256 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 12.32 Gallons / GSF 19.13 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
35.57

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 126.81 Acres 126.47 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 234,584.79 Gallons / Acre 346,081.87 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
32.22

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:
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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):

Eastern has low flow shower heads for some residence halls. All residence hall faucets and toilets are low flow. As fixtures need to be replaced they are replaced with low flow features. All toilet and urinals on campus are low flow. In the Science Building there are also waterless urinals.

In 2018 we replaced the primary pumps in our heat plant from water-cooled to air-cooled. We also began retrofitting showers to low-flow heads in all residence halls.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Total water usage data was collected from Renee Keech.

Vegetated grounds = 126.81 acres
Vegetated grounds 126.81 acres = Total campus area 185.009 - (Footprint of Buildings 17.145 acres + Impervious Pavement 41.054 acres)

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