Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.89
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Saint Mary's College of California
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.47 / 4.00 Michael Viola
Director of Facilities Services
Facilities Services
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 202,871.77 Cubic Metres 245,569.18 Cubic Metres

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 202,871.77 Cubic Metres 245,569.18 Cubic Metres

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,525 1,495
Number of residential employees 33 33
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3,581 3,689
Full-time equivalent of employees 620 600
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 90,067.41 Square Metres 84,493.23 Square Metres

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 132.81 Hectares 133.36 Hectares

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013

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

Due to mandates from the State of California, the baseline of 2013 was adopted as the appropriate benchmark to compare against as we reduce our water use now and into the future.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
Cubic Metres

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
Cubic Metres

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:

With any renovation project or new construction of bathrooms or laundry rooms, the College seeks state of the art water conservation fixtures as replacement, including low flow toilets/waterless urinals, electronic faucets and energy star rated laundry facilities.

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

See above.

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

The newest building on campus did include low flow watering system for the surrounding landscape. The College also established a practice of including such strategies (e.g. metering, low-flow systems) in any new construction

Saint Mary’s College has installed several rainwater filtering systems; each consists of the following:
• a storm drain system which collects runoff from impervious areas and conveys it to
• a vegetated bioretention filter; and
• an outlet structure which connects the bioretention filter to the outlet pipe leading to the storm drain system.

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

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:
The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

Figures of students/employees represent Fall 2014.

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