Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.85
Liaison Patrice Langevin
Submission Date Nov. 19, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Pitzer College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.07 / 5.00 Warren Biggins
Sustainability Manager
Robert Redford Conservancy
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 26,171,346 Gallons 21,303,771 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 26,171,346 Gallons 21,303,771 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 815 634
Number of residential employees 6 6
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 980.67 998
Full-time equivalent of employees 298 280
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 456,802 Square feet 367,004 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 23.76 Acres 23.30 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

Data from 2008 is used as the water use baseline because 2008 is the year the College's first GHG emissions inventory was completed.

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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 East & West Residence Halls' greywater system collects and treats water from showers and sinks. This greywater provides all the irrigation for the landscaping around the residence halls, up to 90,000 gallons per month.

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

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

Retrofit practices include the installation of: waterless urinals across the entire campus, hydration stations to minimizes plastic bottle waste stream, and low-flow shower heads and faucets in all residence halls.

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


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

Water efficient landscape design practices include the installation of drip and micro- spray irrigation systems, and landscaping with drought tolerant plants across the majority of the campus.

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

Facilities staff utilize multiple rain gauges that automatically adjust irrigation levels.

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

The College recently removed 0.7 acres of the College’s 3.5 acres of turf (20%) in an effort to conserve water.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Pitzer does not currently have the necessary metering technology in place to monitor the percentage of water that is

Pitzer does not currently have the necessary metering technology in place to monitor the percentage of water that is

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