Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.41
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date April 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Raritan Valley Community College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
"---" 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 8,777,032 Gallons 20,902,112 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 8,777,032 Gallons 20,902,112 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 0 0
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 14,051 8,973
Full-time equivalent of employees 392 363
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1,745 597

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 510,000 Square Feet 441,000 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 0.50 Acres 0.45 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, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

The water use baseline was adopted for our original STARS application in 2011.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

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:

The college installs only waterless urinals and metered or sensor-driven faucets. Low-flow aerators have been installed. Low-flow toilets/valves were installed in the Arts building, replacing old high water usage toilets. The college installs WaterSense products where feasible.

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):

The college plants only native plants, which require less watering.

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

The sprinkler system for the athetic field uses a moisture sensor so that the fields are only watered when necessary.

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

The college detected and fixed major leaks in underground water pipes, which significantly reduced water usage.

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

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