Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.64
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Hope College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.01 / 2.00 Kara Slater
Director Physical Plant
Physical Plant
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 68,194,664.48 Gallons 65,365,528 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 68,194,664.48 Gallons 65,365,528 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,445 2,433
Number of residential employees 12 12
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3,119 3,205.80
Full-time equivalent of employees 718 675
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,869,121 Square Feet 1,784,121 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 150 Acres 150 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Jan. 1, 2011
Baseline Year Dec. 31, 2016 Dec. 31, 2011

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

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:

Hope's utility provider, Holland Board of Public Works, uses an aquarion system to meter water usage on-campus. This system emits a radio signal every twelve hours to collect consumption data from each meter, and is billed monthly. The data is measured in CCF.

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:

All showers on campus have been retrofitted with low-flow shower heads. Also, as residence halls are renovated, 5 or 6 gallon/flush toilets are replaced with 1.2 gallon/flush toilets.

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

The College strives to plant native species which reduces water usage. We have also converted our football field to artificial turf.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:

Hope uses water management software and monitoring systems for irrigation, and employs a full time irrigation technician to monitor and repair the programmable systems and the thousands of sprinkler heads around campus.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

New food service equipment will be energy star rated or similar when available, accomplish the same task and will reduce energy waste significantly enough to justify any additional up front cost. Examples of this include a new dish machine at our main dining facility that will reduce water consumption by 8,000 gallons per year. Any new ice machines purchased have been air cooled rather than water cooled.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

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