Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.91
Liaison Elizabeth Swiman
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Florida State University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
1.66 / 4.00 Stacy Slavichak
Water Resources Manager
Utilities and Engineering Services
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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 302,768,380 Gallons 539,954,130 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 227,303,380 Gallons 249,974,900 Gallons

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 July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

FY 2007-08 reflects the first year where data is anticipated to be accurate.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 6,733 6,613
Number of employees resident on-site 12 22
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 35,340 39,413
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 6,670 6,638
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,461 1,190.80
Weighted campus users 31,348 35,303.90

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 7,250.97 Gallons 7,080.66 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 13,539,980 Gross Square Feet 13,787,288 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 16.79 Gallons / GSF 18.13 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
7.41

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 1,085.33 Acres 1,123.06 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 278,964.35 Gallons / Acre 480,788.32 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
41.98

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:

Take Back the Tap, a student group supported by Sustainable Campus, strives to change individuals’ attitudes about water. TBTT researches and discusses various water related issues, such as conservation, quality, and access, along with the local economic, social, and environmental costs related to bottled water with students through tabling and events.
Through Sustainable Campus and Facilities Maintenance, university departments can request a hydration station to be retrofit and installed into an existing water fountain. To date, over 100 hydration stations have been installed throughout campus.


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

Where possible, the Grounds department selects plants that minimize the water usage. FSU has landscaped areas that are non-irrigated and areas that receive no regular irrigation which are planted with native and/or drought tolerant plantings. Examples include the Life Sciences cage wash rooftop and the Student Success building.
The Grounds department utilizes rain shut-off sensors on the irrigation systems to prevent unneeded watering when soil is wet from weather.
FSU utilizes a geothermal cooling system for chiller condensers to eliminate evaporation losses which exist in campus buildings that use cooling towers.


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):

All building retrofits use low flow faucets and toilets. These are also mandated by the Florida Energy Code.


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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