Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Kalen Pilkington
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

MacEwan University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.22 / 4.00 Jim Lygo
Manager
Facilities/Maintenance
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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:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 98,384.82 Cubic Metres 99,990.01 Cubic Metres

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 98,384.82 Cubic Metres 99,990.01 Cubic Metres

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, 2015 June 30, 2016

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

The water baseline was adopted to align with the energy baseline timeline.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 539.10 556.60
Number of employees resident on-site 2 2
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 452.60 510.80
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 12,623.22 12,580.67
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1,419 1,357
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 386.86 375.30
Weighted campus users 10,829.40 10,822.22

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9.08 Cubic Metres 9.24 Cubic Metres

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
1.67

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 222,406.36 Gross Square Metres 222,406.36 Gross Square Metres

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 0.44 Cubic Metres / GSM 0.45 Cubic Metres / GSM

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
1.61

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

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 1.86 Hectares 1.86 Hectares

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 52,950.37 Cubic Metres / Hectare 53,814.28 Cubic Metres / Hectare

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
1.61

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:

GREEN SPACES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
The Green Spaces Certification Program is a way to help the campus community integrate sustainable practices into their work and living spaces. Participants can earn a bronze, silver, or gold certification for their office space, lab, event or living space. Green Spaces has many categories that participants are evaluated on, one of which is water reduction.

GREEN LABS
This pilot program works with lab occupants to build understanding about opportunities to save water in labs. This includes providing incentives for equipment upgrades such as swapping out solvent stills to solvent purification systems resulting in water savings.

GENERAL OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT
When discussing ways to reduce your overall impact, speficically with students, water reduction is discussed along with topics such as energy efficiency, transportation, dining, and waste.

NATIVE PLANTS
Native plants, or climate appropriate plants are chosen for landscaping at MacEwan to reduce the overall impact of water usage on campus. There is one Naturalized Area that has signage stating that the area is being maintained as a 'naturalized prairie' landscape.


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

Retrofits plumbing fixture to low flow faucets,low flush valves, low flow water closets have been completed. New Buildings have waterless urinals installed as well as low flow plumbing fixtures and trim. Installed dry coolers on building cooling system enabling us to shutdown our main cooling towers during winter.


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):

Retrofitted all washroom faucets with motion detector. Installed low-flow toilets. Waterless urinals in Robbins Health Learning Centre. Installed dry coolers on building cooling system enabling us to shut down our main cooling towers during winter.


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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