Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.32
Liaison Ken Lindeman
Submission Date April 24, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Institute of Technology
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 4.00 Quinn Duffy
University Sustainability Officer
Facilities
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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:
Low to Medium

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 55,359,500 Gallons 47,135,702 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 49,072,400 Gallons 46,930,802 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period May 1, 2018 April 30, 2019
Baseline Period May 1, 2015 April 30, 2016

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

The baselines were chosen to correspond with the energy baselines Facilities Operations had established to ensure consistency.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,573 1,454
Number of employees resident on-site 3 2
Number of other individuals resident on-site 68 68
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 7,152.93 4,138
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,132 791
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,753.35 1,213
Weighted campus users 5,360.68 3,219

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9,154.13 Gallons 14,579.31 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
37.21

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,961,594 Gross Square Feet 1,382,379.57 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 25.02 Gallons / GSF 33.95 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
26.31

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 28 Acres 28 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 1,977,125 Gallons / Acre 1,683,417.93 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
0

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

Florida Institute of Technology distributed the first University Sustainability Guide to on campus students during the Fall 2016 move in. This guide provided tips and showcased how the university was trying to reduce their overall water consumption.


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

At a few off-campus locations, the university has access to reclaimed water from the City of Melbourne, FL. The city is planning on running a reclaimed water line to the heart of the university's main campus, but that is a future initiative. Well water is the source of campus grounds irrigation and is not metered.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

The university in past years had partnered with Siemens as part of the performance contract was the replacement of older plumbing fixtures with newer, low flow designed fixtures and fittings. This is an on going endeavor across campus as systems fail and need replaced, low flow fittings and fixtures are installed.


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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Data is sourced from campus Facilities Operations Department and the Office of Institutional Research.

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