Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.47
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Loyola Marymount University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.00 / 6.00 Ian McKeown
Sustainability Officer
Facilities Management
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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:
Extremely High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 392322.48 Cubic Metres 598240.54 Cubic Metres

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 231855.13 Cubic Metres 438018.42 Cubic Metres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2016 May 31, 2017
Baseline Year June 1, 2009 May 31, 2010

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

Water is one of the world's most precious resources, and few other places in the United States realize the importance of water conservation as much as Southern California. The region's population continues to grow while water supplies continue to dwindle. The Public Policy Institute of California last year found that California's water needs may jump as much as 40% in the next 25 years. The Department of Water Resources' own projections show California's average annual water supply will be 2.4 million acre-feet short by 2020. Another important consideration is the amount of energy consumption related to water - 20% of energy use in the state is consumed through the transporting water to farms and taps, and this doesn't include the energy consumed through irrigation and other water uses.

LMU understands this dilemma and has make great strides in conserving water across the entire campus. The city of LA entered water restrictions in 2009, LMU decided to go above and beyond these water restrictions based on our environmental commitments as a university. Our reclaimed water system was actually adopted by LADWP to use as a community system.

The WateReuse Association selected LMU as the 2010 WateReuse Customer of the Year. Currently, 75% of LMU’s irrigation needs are supplied by reclaimed water. LMU implemented a hydrogen peroxide treatment station in 2008 which produces odorless, clean water for use on campus landscapes.This technology has been since adapated by LADWP and used for municipal reclaimed water treatment a testament to our design!
In March 2009, the WateReuse Association’s California Section selected LMU as the 2008 WateReuse Institutional Customer of the Year.

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3271 3205
Number of employees resident on-site 43 40
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 7751 7692
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1788 1898
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 7982.75 8003.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 29.04 Cubic Metres 54.73 Cubic Metres

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

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 352063.16 Gross Square Metres 258084.53 Gross Square Metres

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 0.66 Cubic Metres / GSM 1.70 Cubic Metres / GSM

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

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 25.09 Hectares 25.09 Hectares

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 15636.30 Cubic Metres / Hectare 23843.31 Cubic Metres / Hectare

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

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:

signage, residence life awareness, email campaigns, save the drop initiative, student government reminders, world water week event, green office program, announcements, fliers, symbolic shut off of fountains at certain times.

A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

LMU irrigates 75%+ our grounds with non-potable reclaimed water which we purchase through LADWP. a system a lmu professor help design.

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):

Per the university master plan here are a few of the initiatives.
• Bathroom faucets -1.5
gallons per minute (private),
0.5 gallon per minute (public)
•Kitchenfaucets -1.5gallonsper minute
•Showerheads: no more than1showerhead per stall
Low-flow showerheads -2.0 gallons per minute
• Highefficiencyclotheswashers -
water savings factor of 5.0or less(residential);
water savings factor of7.5 orless (residential)
•Highefficiency toilets
-1.28 gallons per
flush or less,or dualflush
• High efficiency/ultra low
flow urinals
- 0.125 to 0.5 gallon per flush
• Energy Star dishwashers
• Domestic water heating system located in
close proximity to point(s) of use
• Tankless and on-demand water heaters
• Cooling tower conductivity controllers or
cooling tower pH conductivity controllers
(Cooling towers to operate at minimum of 5.5
cycles of concentration)
• Water-saving pool filter
• Rotating sprinkler nozzles
- 0.5 gallon per minute
• Micro-spray nozzles
• Drip/subsurface irrigation (micro-irrigation)and
bubbler irrigation

• Weather based irrigation controller
• Hydro-zoning plantings (grouping similar water needs plants together)
• Zoned irrigation
• Drought-tolerant
plants: 75 percent of new landscape
• Artificial turf (cost permitting)
• Landscaping contouring to minimize precipitation runoff
• Infiltration planters (i.e., notched curb to allow runoff to flow into
planted areas)
• Storrnwater capture an infiltration of on campus sump
• Campus-wide reclaimed water
irrigation (by Project buildout)
• Cooling towers using 100 percent reclaimed water use,
as permitted by law (by Project buildout)

New buildings designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED®)Certified level (or higher), or an equivalent

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

For all new construction and renovations, LMU uses 0.125 gpf urinals, 1.28 gpf water closets and 0.5 gpm faucet aerators.

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