Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.74
Liaison Pat Van Duyne
Submission Date June 11, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Joliet Junior College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.54 / 3.00 Patrick Van Duyne
Facility Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 1,634,305 Gallons 1,296,658 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 1,634,305 Gallons 1,296,658 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 0 0
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 9,431 10,709
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,630 1,630
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,200,000 Square feet 796,800 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 251 Acres 251 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2013 May 31, 2014
Baseline Year June 1, 2010 May 31, 2011

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

JJC's 2011 Climate Action Plan documented much of the information pertaining to campus energy and carbon use. The Action Plan serves as the starting point for tracking water usage and a basis to compare future improvements too.

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

There is a rain water harvesting system on the roof of the greenhouse that is used to irrigate the plants within the greenhouse.

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

Installing all native drought resistant landscaping. we have reduced our watering needs to solely our baseball field and one soccer game field and one soccer practice field. We do not meter when we water.

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

All new facilities built since the baseline year have been outfitted with low-flow plumbing fixtures in compliance with the guidelines found in the USGBC LEED process.

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

All water fixtures have been changed to low-flow across all campuses.

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

All landscaping is now native drought resistant and does not require watering. We do not water turf other than the athletic fields (one baseball field and one soccer game field and one soccer practice field).

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


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

Rain water harvesting has been installed on the greenhouse and used to water the plants. Low-flow toilet fixtures and water misers have been installed on all sinks. Low-flow spray nozzles have been implemented in kitchen areas.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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