Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.33
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Gettysburg College
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.74 / 4.00 Jim Biesecker
Associate Vice President of Facilities Planning & Management
Facilities Services
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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

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 34,340,512 Gallons 34,301,036 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 34,340,512 Gallons 34,301,036 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period June 1, 2021 May 31, 2022
Baseline Period June 1, 2004 May 31, 2005

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

This was the year Gettysburg College signed and adopted the American College and University President's Commitment to Climate Change, which outlined emission goals for the future.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,193 2,068
Number of employees resident on-site 19 15
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,518 2,545
Full-time equivalent of employees 747 669
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3,001.75 2,931.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 11,440.16 Gallons 11,701.85 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
2.24

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,768,275 Gross Square Feet 1,511,631 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 19.42 Gallons / GSF 22.69 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
14.42

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 173.80 Acres 175.40 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 197,586.38 Gallons / Acre 195,558.93 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
-1.04

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

The college uses water from the on-campus quarry to water the multiple athletic fields. Additionally, the athletic center collects rainwater from its roof which flows into a cistern under one of the parking lots. This water is utilized for irrigation in drought situations.


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

Low flow bathroom fixtures have been installed in most residential facilities across campus.


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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