Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Nancy Apple
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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Mount Holyoke College
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
-- Reporter Nancy Apple
Director
Environmental Health & Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 29,830,988 Gallons 35,519,902 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 29,830,988 Gallons 35,519,902 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, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

FY 2005 baseline adopted because the data available that year is comparable to subsequent years.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,074 1,985
Number of employees resident on-site 4 6
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,239 2,125
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 883 821
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 2,861 2,707.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 10,426.77 Gallons 13,120.29 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
20.53

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,114,320 Gross Square Feet 2,013,523 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 14.11 Gallons / GSF 17.64 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
20.02

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds --- ---

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds --- ---

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
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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 Eco-reps routinely provide education on water conservation.
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/envsustainability/waterfootprint


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

Faucet aerators installed across campus in 2007 reduce flow from 2.2 gpm to 0.5 gpm. High efficiency shower heads and toilets are routinely installed and retrofitted.


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