Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.15
Liaison Nick Cookson
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Sewanee - The University of the South
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.71 / 4.00 Rachel Petropoulos
Energy Specialist
Facilities Management
"---" 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 21,402,000 Gallons 22,821,400 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 21,402,000 Gallons 22,821,400 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016

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

Confidence in historical records is strong beginning in 2016 for water use, following the hiring of the University's Energy Specialist who manages database of water use and the completion of water meter upgrades by local water utility.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,626 1,632
Number of employees resident on-site 15 5
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 5 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,725 1,770.92
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 712 672.62
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 28 28
Weighted campus users 2,222 2,220.91

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9,631.86 Gallons 10,275.72 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
6.27

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,494,517 Gross Square Feet 1,437,654 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 14.32 Gallons / GSF 15.87 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
9.79

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:

Non-potable water used from lake water during drought periods on the golf course and other site specific irrigation practices.


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):

Beginning in 2015, the University created the position of Energy Specialist in the Facilities Management division working on utility management issues including water consumption. Objectives of this position are data analysis and monitoring of utility consumption, measuring and verifying of energy/water conservation measures completed, and championing energy/water conservation efforts on all scales; assessing cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, impact and acceptance. Close attention to the billing of water had found irregularities that have been addressed. And a strong preventative maintenance program carried out by the Facilities Management team keeps the fixtures performing as they were designed. Most fixtures upgrades have been completed at this time.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Buildings that came on-line during the respective 12 month period were not included in the data. A complete 12-month period of consumption was needed in order to be recorded.. Also, buildings that had no water service were excluded in square footage data.

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