Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 29.82
Liaison Brandon Hoover
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Messiah College
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.97 / 4.00 Brandon Hoover
Director of Sustainability
Operations
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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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 1303680 Gallons 1622778 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 38363 Gallons 36778 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, 2007 June 30, 2008

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 2317 2426
Number of employees resident on-site 14 14
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 14 14
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3182 2794
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 719.35 650
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 462 0
Weighted campus users 3176.26 3207

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 12.08 Gallons 11.47 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 1403908 Gross Square Feet 1317672 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 0.03 Gallons / GSF 0.03 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
2.10

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 46 Acres 46 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 28340.87 Gallons / Acre 35277.78 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
19.66

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:

The college has not done as much to address individual behavior changes; however, many of the efforts involved installing low flow shower heads or taking vegetative space (grass) out of watering and mow production.


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

The campus garden uses water collection to water its garden at collects over 2000 gallons of water each 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):

automatiflush
showerheads,
airators on sinks


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

Potable water data - United Water and Suez
Other water - SRBC (water pulled from the yellow breeches)

Messiah is given a permit to pull water from the Yellow Breeches Creek which runs through campus. it is used for irrigating athletic fields and other campus vegetative space. This makes the total water use much higher.

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