Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.54
Liaison Kevin Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Goshen College
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.67 / 4.00 Kevin Miller
Sustainability Coordinator
Advancement
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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 972,467.50 Gallons 1,196,883 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 972,467.50 Gallons 1,196,883 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 30, 2018
Baseline Period Jan. 1, 2007 Dec. 30, 2007

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 460 628
Number of employees resident on-site 7 7
Number of other individuals resident on-site 4 3
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 877 909
Full-time equivalent of employees 231.70 324
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 27 0
Weighted campus users 932.03 1,086.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 1,043.39 Gallons 1,101.60 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
5.28

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 793,919 Gross Square Feet 734,107 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 1.22 Gallons / GSF 1.63 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
24.87

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 115 Acres 90 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 8,456.24 Gallons / Acre 13,298.70 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
36.41

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:

One water conservation practice that Goshen College has implemented is reducing
stormwater runoff. Goshen College has development projects and ongoing campus
operations as well as retention and detention facilities. The campus has retention ponds that were expanded through a grant from the Elkhart River Alliance in 2006. Vegetative swales and dry wells are also present and capture stormwater from the small parking lots on campus. Another way Goshen College has tried to preserve water is through native prairie grasses. Native grasses have been planted all over campus. These native prairie grasses absorb runoff and do not require maintenance or watering. There are approximately 25 acres of native landscaping that helps with retention.


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

Many of the bathrooms throughout the buildings on campus have had low flush toilets installed. These toilets are not dual flush but 1.6 gallon flushes. Another change that has been made in several bathrooms across the GC campus are water reducing shower heads. Using these low flow shower heads can reduce water usage by up to five gallons a minute.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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