Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Lissette Hernandez
Submission Date May 13, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Florida International University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.76 / 3.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 369,170,304 Gallons 538,246,941 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 242,805,688 Gallons 183,055,277 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,195 2,736
Number of residential employees 7 7
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 30,411 24,605
Full-time equivalent of employees 5,914.50 3,774
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 7,220 3,686

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 9,774,810 Square feet 7,116,065 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 15,185,087.52 Acres 17,843,827.75 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

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

The FIU Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report was conducted in 2008 as FIU's first significant step towards quantifying the campus' environmental impact through greenhouse gas emissions. The FIU President's Climate Commitment Task Force decided that fiscal year 2007 would be used as FIU's emissions baseline.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
253,000 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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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:

FIU has many retention ponds on campus that are used to capture rainwater and run-off. The water captured is used for irrigating all campus grounds. Irrigation of grounds may be supplemented with potable if needed, but the goal is to not use any potable water.

At FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus, treated graywater is used to irrigate the grounds.

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

Most buildings have their own water meter installed by Miami-Dade Water and Sewer. There are a few instances where two buildings will share one or where one building has multiple.

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):

At FIU, xeriscaping means using the right plant for the right location. FIU strives to use both native and non-invasive naturalized drought tolerant plants for a more water efficient landscape. While water conservation is a major objective of any xeriscaped landscape, properly designed xeriscaped gardens also generally require less maintenance and minimize the need for fertilizers and pesticides.

Our keys to xeriscaping are:

A. Planning our landscape by matching plants according to their hydro zones and light requirements.
B. Irrigate effectively and efficiently on an as needed basis.
C. Select Drought Tolerant Plants.
D. Effective use of mulch to maintaining our landscape.

There are many xeriscape applications throughout campus. One great example is in front of the Century Bank Arena (east side). The use of drought tolerant and high-sun plants like firebush are used.

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

All of FIU's irrigation systems are installed with rain sensors, which allow the unit to determine when to activate the pump. When it rains the sensors do not activate the pumps, and when it doesn’t rain, the system will engage according to its set irrigation time. FIU attempts to irrigate the campus in the late hours of the evening in order to lessen the time the grass stays wet. This helps to reduce fungus outbreaks. We have also installed flow meters on all pump stations. These flow meters monitor how many gallons of water we are using. FIU adheres to all the rules and regulations set forth by the South Florida Water Management District.

FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus uses gray water exclusively to irrigate campus grounds.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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