Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.45
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2020

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 4.00 Jeffrey Charles
Director
Facilities
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 116,113,372.30 Gallons 118,598,400.80 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 75,182,213.30 Gallons 78,601,558.80 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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 3,014 2,156
Number of employees resident on-site 39 31.20
Number of other individuals resident on-site 12 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 7,256 6,991
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,640 1,326.80
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 84 0
Weighted campus users 7,384.25 6,785.15

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 10,181.43 Gallons 11,584.35 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
12.11

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,744,995 Gross Square Feet 2,135,957 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 27.39 Gallons / GSF 36.80 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
25.57

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 27.50 Acres 37.85 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 4,222,304.45 Gallons / Acre 3,133,113.77 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
0

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

“60 Seconds Less” campaign encourages campus affiliates to cut 60 seconds or more off their time in the shower using community-based marketing and incentives. The campaign spread beyond the campus community and was picked up by some Bay Area news agencies.

SCU has 4 out of its 11 on-campus residence halls equipped with water meters. In the future, more installations will be made to monitor individual building water consumption and initiate an annual water challenge in which residence halls will compete against one another to see who can consume the smallest amount of water over the course of a month relative to each building’s baseline.

A class taught by Dr. Chad Raphael engaged students in exploring how to enter dialogue surrounding the drought in a proactive way using three broad approaches to water conservation – voluntary measures, creating incentives to conserve, and mandatory restrictions.


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

SCU uses recycled water to irrigate 80% of campus landscaping, and recycled water is used in toilets of the Learning Commons and Locatelli Student Activities Center. Signage throughout campus indicates that landscaping is watered with recycled water. Roughly 35% of all the water consumed by SCU is reclaimed.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

Residence hall laundry facilities include only front-loading washing machines, using 44 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. SCU has retrofitted faucet aerators that reduce the GPM flow from 2.2 gpm to 1.5 gpm. Low-flow/dual-flush toilets have also been installed in most campus locations.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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