Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

James Madison University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 5.00 Abram Kaufman
Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management Engineering & Sustainability
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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:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use --- 142,762,950 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 219,935,291 Gallons 142,762,950 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

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 6,347 5,796
Number of employees resident on-site 9 3
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 20,837 18,225
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 3,272 2,925
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 352 0
Weighted campus users 19,406.75 17,312.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 11,332.93 Gallons 8,246.35 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 6,761,579 Gross Square Feet 5,309,728 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 32.53 Gallons / GSF 26.89 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
0

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds --- ---

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds --- ---

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

To reduce potable water consumption, new and innovative methods of harvesting and reusing water have been identified and piloted on campus in the past few years. One major source of harvested water is Newman Lake on campus. Under the lake is an extensive pump system allowing an estimated 345,000 gallons of water to be harvested every year to irrigate the surrounding landscape. One way water is recycled on campus is through the capture of water used during required weekly fire pump tests, reducing potable water consumption by an estimated 50,000 gallons. Additionally, a rainwater harvesting cistern is located at Wayland Hall which captured 112,200 gallons of roof runoff to be reused for toilet flushing during the performance year.


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):

JMU’s Policy 1701 requires that “the most water efficient appliances available must be purchased. This includes, but is not limited to, high performance fixtures such as toilets, low-flow faucets and aerators, and upgraded irrigation systems. When possible, those with the EPA WaterSense label will be selected.” One particular project with Residence Life saw over 1,600 aerators replaced with low-flow aerators which reduced potable water consumption by an estimated 1.6 million gallons per year.


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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In 2008-2009, JMU did not track the number of students enrolled exclusively in distance education. Thus, zero was entered; however, it is likely there were students who were enrolled online.

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