Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.74
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Katie Leone
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 105,487,470 Gallons 24,847,070 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 86,658,000 Gallons 18,227,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 4,215 1,500
Number of residential employees 14 5
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 10,489 4,790
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,180 796
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 237 158

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 4,274,565 Square Feet 1,350,578 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 734.88 Acres
+ Date Revised: Oct. 23, 2014
714.14 Acres
+ Date Revised: Oct. 23, 2014

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, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

It was adopted during our 2011 STARS submission.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
7,528,000 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

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


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

Potable water data was obtained from the monthly invoiced received. The Physical Plant contributed the data for main campus meters. The University Police Department contributed data for all of the parking garages except Parking Garage 4 (which is linked to Marieb Hall's meter and accounted for in the data from the Physical Plant). The Office of Residential Life contributed the data for the campus housing meters.

The Physical Plant calculated the amount of non-potable water used for our performance year and baseline year by adding our groundwater use amounts to our surface water pump draw which gave us the total consumptive non-potable water used.

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

All of the residence halls use low flow shower heads and water bottle refilling stations. Biscayne, Palmetto, and Osprey Halls all have dual flush toilets.

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

All new Residence Halls will be built to LEED Silver standards or higher.

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

Plant species used on FGCU campus will come from the FGCU Master Plant List. The list contains both native and exotic species that have been screened for adaptability to physical conditions and serviceability, to meet planting needs based on site orientation, drainage, soil condition, and other subtropical climate conditions. Where appropriate, the best plant shall be selected for a given site, which may or may not be a “native.”

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

Campus uses extremely minimal irrigation and no timed irrigation systems.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

The water in the chiller plant is a closed-loop sustainable system.

There are water bottle refill stations around campus and using them instead of purchased water is promoted through our EAGLES HEART TAP WATER campaign.


The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

The numbers of residential student,employees, and full time distance education students from 2004-04 are approximations because we did not track these numbers in the past in the same way that we do today.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.