Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.07
Liaison Cary Gaunt
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.47 / 4.00 Diana Duffy
Energy Coordinator
Physical Plant
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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 to Medium

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 28,833,587 Gallons 29,726,645 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 28,833,587 Gallons 29,726,645 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

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

Fiscal Year 2014-15 is used as KSC's base year for WATER DATA because this was the year KSC's for it's previous completed GHG inventory submission.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,839 2,666
Number of employees resident on-site 5 11
Number of other individuals resident on-site 1 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,368 4,885
Full-time equivalent of employees 583 676
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3,425.25 4,840

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 8,417.95 Gallons 6,141.87 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 1,687,018 Gross Square Feet 1,606,242 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 17.09 Gallons / GSF 18.51 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
7.65

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 188 Acres 188 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 153,370.14 Gallons / Acre 158,120.45 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
3.00

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

KSC plumbing operations have been on the forefront of water saving and efficiency for over five years. KSC is aggressive in installing water-saving fixtures all across campus, from Residential Halls to Education buildings.
In addition, KSC made bold improvements to the underground condensate piping in our steam loop during 2018-19, when plumbing operations replaced sections of condensate return system with steam-rated hose. The use of steam hose lowers the cost of cast iron installation and does not require additional underground insulation. The results were immediately realized with an increase of condensate return temperature at the steam plant. The fuel savings became clear when comparing usage to previous years. Further savings were realized with reduced water and chemical costs of condensate at the plant. Overall this project proved to far more than a pipe replacement project and emerged as an thermal efficiency project with savings that will be realized for years.


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:

All 65 of KSC water meters are tracked for billing by the City of Keene. The City issues its bills on a quarterly basis, when Diana Duffy tracks usage and fees for all meters. KSC is confident about reporting its water usage for baseline AND performance years.
-DDuffy

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