Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.82 / 5.00 Chris Young
Assistant Director - Buildings & Grounds
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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 129,334,441.55 Gallons 120,989,174.02 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 81,708,218.18 Gallons 78,527,501.29 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,744 2,156
Number of residential employees 31 31
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 10,866 7,050
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,462 1,263
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,737,166 Square Feet 2,075,681 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 8.66 Acres 7.93 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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

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

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
47,626,223.37 Gallons

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

SCU uses recycled water used on 85% of campus landscaping, and recycled water is used in toilets of Learning Commons, Locatelli Student Activities Center, and Schott Admissions and Enrollment building. Signage throughout campus indicates that landscaping is watered with recycled water.

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

Online meters are linked to our utility management system in University Operations (Swig Hall, Jesuit Residence Complex, and Nobili Hall). SCU also has offline meters at several buildings on campus.

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

Retrofitting faucet aerators that reduce the GPM flow from 2.2 gpm to 1.5 gpm.

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

Waterfree urinals have been installed in restrooms throughout campus. These units are estimated to conserve an average of 40,000 gallons of water per urinal per year. Residence hall laundry facilities include only front-loading washing machines, using 35-50 percent less water than top-loading models. Low-flow shower heads are used in 95% of residence halls. These shower heads spray 2.5 gallons per minute. Low-flow toilets and sink aerators have also been installed in most campus locations.

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

The University strives to reduce watering needs by using drought-tolerant plants where appropriate.

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:

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