Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.09
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida International University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.04 / 4.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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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:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 450698139 Gallons 538246941 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 277299011 Gallons 183055277 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, 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.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3259 2736
Number of employees resident on-site 7 7
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 30620 24605
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 7203 3774
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 8394 3686
Weighted campus users 22888.25 19205.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 12115.34 Gallons 9531.40 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 9886975 Gross Square Feet 7116065 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 28.05 Gallons / GSF 25.72 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
0

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 15072922.72 Acres 17843827.75 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 29.90 Gallons / Acre 30.16 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
0.87

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:

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 the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives (e.g. building retrofits):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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