Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Michigan State University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 6.00 Mike Tracy
Water Systems Engineer
Infrastructure and Planning Facilities
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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:
High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 1,349,991,000 Gallons 1,512,502,216 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 1,277,243,000.08 Gallons 1,420,254,980 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2009 June 30, 2010

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

water use baseline was adopted for 2009-2010 consistent with the energy baselines in alignment with the development of the 2011 energy plan.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 15,429 15,305
Number of employees resident on-site 236 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 447 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 45,677 45,149
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 12,063 11,061
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 900 0
Weighted campus users 46,993.25 45,983.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 27,179.29 Gallons 30,886.02 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
12.00

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 24,233,934 Gross Square Feet 22,803,227 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 52.70 Gallons / GSF 62.28 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
15.38

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 1,272.98 Acres 2,000 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 1,060,496.63 Gallons / Acre 756,251.11 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
0

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:

see 2017 Water Quality Report produced by Infrastructure and Planning. Several pages are devoted to ways that behavior can make a difference in water usage. In addition, Residential and Hospitality Services includes water conservation measures in their education and awareness to new and returning students.


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

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.Housing facilities have been in the process of upgrading to real time water meters with data available on the web site http://meters.msu.edu. In addition, the university also has some buildings that contain green roofs and serve as a water recovery measure.


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):

As a part of the 10 year building recommissioning program, low water fixtures were incorporated wherever they could be given the architecture of the older buildings. MSU continues to look for opportunities to reduce high water use fixtures and processes.


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

The water consumption calculation methodology was reviewed and consistent methodology used to calculate baseline year and performance year for total and potable water. Several key building projects have impacted water usage including the opening of the 1855 building and apartment complex, updates to the Breslin Center and the Spartan Stadium.

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