Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.30
Liaison Nicholas Liu-Sontag
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

New York University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.08 / 6.00 Nicholas Liu-Sontag
Manager
Sustainability
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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 511,078,539 Gallons 575,629,010 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 511,078,539 Gallons 575,629,010 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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 11,864 11,106
Number of employees resident on-site 1,138 1,000
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 1,736 1,526
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 49,629 33,919
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 19,617 8,739
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 417 84
Weighted campus users 56,608.25 36,483

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9,028.34 Gallons 15,778.01 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
42.78

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 14,136,001 Gross Square Feet 13,349,946 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 36.15 Gallons / GSF 43.12 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
16.15

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 11 Acres 6 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 46,461,685.36 Gallons / Acre 95,938,168.33 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
51.57

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:
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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):

The University has a preference for Energy Star appliances and seeks to install WaterSense plumbing fixtures wherever possible. As a part of the University's policy of pursuing LEED Silver certification on all major renovations and new construction, all applicable projects must achieve Indoor Water Use Reduction Prerequisite, which requires the space to reduce water consumption by 20% compared to baseline.

The University is also focused on installing low flow showerheads and aerators in both student and faculty apartments and has replaced thousands of showerheads and aerators with low flow versions.


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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