Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Yumiko Jakobcic
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Grand Valley State University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.53 / 4.00 Yumiko Jakobcic
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Practices
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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 129746482 Gallons 164141690 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 98663198 Gallons 119256118 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, 2005 June 30, 2006

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

Baseline was selected when the University first started reporting and was chosen as a reasonable starting point


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 6012 5662
Number of employees resident on-site 23 25
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 24707 23674
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 2568 1879
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1514 371.50
Weighted campus users 20829.50 20307.88

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 4736.71 Gallons 5872.41 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
19.34

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 5941769 Gross Square Feet 4189524 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 16.61 Gallons / GSF 28.47 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
41.67

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 616 Acres 445 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 210627.41 Gallons / Acre 368857.73 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
42.90

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:

Stormwater is retained and filtered through 4 settling ponds which then feed excess water into the pond used for irrigation of the golf course, practice football fields and some lawn areas on campus.


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):

The University has employed a number of water saving methods in the form of plumbing fixtures and fittings. Low flow water closets, urinals and shower heads have been installed in new and existing buildings. Waterless urinals have also been installed in some buildings. Water faucets with built-in motion sensors have also been installed.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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