Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.66
Liaison Enid Cardinal
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Rochester Institute of Technology
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.15 / 4.00 Enid Cardinal
Senior Sustainability Advisor to the President
Office of the President
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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:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 183184000 Gallons 190022000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 183184000 Gallons 190022000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

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 7194 8263
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 13699 12493
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 3568 3231
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 139 219
Weighted campus users 14644.50 13694.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 12508.72 Gallons 13875.79 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
9.85

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 6132120 Gross Square Feet 5340846 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 29.87 Gallons / GSF 35.58 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
16.04

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

Both Engineering Technology Hall and Sustainability Institute Hall collect rainwater from the roof into basement cisterns. The water is used to flush toilets in the restrooms and irrigate the landscaping outside.


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):

RIT consistently earns LEED credits for water efficiency in new building projects.


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