Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.27
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Ryerson University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.70 / 4.00
"---" 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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 302,715 Gallons 290,769 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 302,715 Gallons 290,769 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year May 1, 2017 April 30, 2018
Baseline Year May 1, 2014 April 30, 2015

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

An energy team was formally established in 2014. They were tasked with monitoring progress on reducing energy and water consumption. As such, the year this team was established is the year that more rigorous data collection and monitoring commenced hence why the 2014/2015 fiscal year is being used is the baseline period.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,153 810
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 38,673.70 30,531
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 3,817.30 856
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,534.70 0
Weighted campus users 30,255.48 23,742.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 10.01 Gallons 12.25 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
18.30

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 4,678,208.62 Gross Square Feet 3,600,753 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 0.06 Gallons / GSF 0.08 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
19.87

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:

Active since 2017, Ryerson Urban Water, which is a collection of over 40 experts across 6 faculties and 14 departments, conducts a wide range of initiatives aimed at fostering more sustainable use of our water systems. One such initiative aims at understanding the “flushability” of different materials that commonly add a strain to our sewer systems in 2019, and creating an informational report that highlights objects that are commonly flushed into the sewers in 2019.
We collaborated with Ryerson Urban Water to host the World Water Day Fair on March 22, 2019 to help Ryerson celebrate World Water Day. This global campaign advocates for freshwater and the sustainable management of all water resources. This is an opportunity for like-minded students, researchers, faculty, staff and groups to showcase the work they are doing related to the water sector.


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

One buildings on campus- the Daphne Cockwell Centre make use of grey water collection systems to be reused in toilets. The Ryerson Urban Farm, which is located on the roof of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, also makes use of rainwater whenever possible, reducing irrigation needs.


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):

Design for all new construction and renovation projects makes use of water fixtures that have low water consumption.


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