Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.88
Liaison Laura Young
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Michigan State University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.35 / 5.00 Robert Ellerhorst
Director, Utility Services
IPF Power and Water
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 1,231,884,000 Gallons 1,512,502,216 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 1,074,981,000 Gallons 1,340,718,216 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 16,143 15,305
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 46,159 45,149
Full-time equivalent of employees 11,489 11,061
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 22,935,797 Square feet 22,803,227 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 1,305.27 Acres 2,000 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2009 June 30, 2010

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

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

The MSU Surplus and Recycling facility includes a rain water collection system that will be utilized for toilets and a recycling bin wash down system once the State of Michigan plumbing inspector has approved the installation.

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

Well production metering technology was changed in 2009. Prior years' production were overstated. Distribution system metering was expanded in 2012.

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

The university is replacing high-water-use fixtures with more lower-use fixtures. Example: low-flow toilets.

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

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) Standards for Construction follow LEED WE Prerequisites and Credits for water reduction on plumbed fixtures. IPF has installed and continues to evaluate bottle filling stations to reduce the number of plastic bottles both single serve and bulk produced and trucked on to campus.

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

MSU provides the landscape services for most of campus. The Beaumont Nursery on campus cares for thousands of plants that are then transferred to main campus for new construction projects. MSU has employed green roof technologies on Plant and Soil Science building and the Brody Hall renovation project. Drip irrigation technologies has been utilizied to reduce irrigation needs as well.

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

Landscape Services includes a computerized central control system and weather station for irrigation. With over 2,600 acres to maintain the crew is very diligent to preserve and protect the campus' urban forest. MSU Construction Standards includes tree protection and a repayment plan for any contractor that violates the policy.

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

Distribution system metering was expanded in 2012 as part of management strategy to measure water conservation efforts.

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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