Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.78
Liaison Herbert Sinnock
Submission Date April 20, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Sheridan College (Ontario)
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Anna Pautler
Sustainability Data Assessment & Reporting Officer
Office for Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 32,583,767 Gallons 34,025,089 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 32,583,767 Gallons 34,025,089 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 736 466
Number of residential employees 5
+ Date Revised: Nov. 9, 2015
+ Date Revised: Nov. 9, 2015
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 24,401
+ Date Revised: Nov. 9, 2015
+ Date Revised: Nov. 9, 2015
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,771
+ Date Revised: Nov. 9, 2015
+ Date Revised: Nov. 9, 2015
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,938,902 Square feet 1,557,788 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 337,445 Acres 337,445 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year April 1, 2013 March 31, 2014
Baseline Year April 1, 2010 March 31, 2011

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

The baseline year was selected to be consistent with the IECMP baseline.

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

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
0 Gallons

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:

Most buildings have utility water meters used to track performance and check for anomalies.

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

In order to reduce water usage, Sheridan Facilities have installed high efficiency fixtures such as electronic sensor faucets and standard low flow toilets and urinals. Sheridan has also switched to closed loop cooling towers and plans to reduce water use for cooling.

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

Sheridan follows a project standard for all retrofits; any new builds are to be consistent with LEED Gold.

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

Sheridan is currently looking at water-efficient landscape design practices. Drought tolerant and salt tolerant plants are being considered for future landscaping designs.

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

Sheridan College does not employ irrigation on-site. Some watering may be done by our landscape management company (e.g. when new sod is laid).

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

Sheridan has replaced large hot water storage tanks with on-demand heaters. Future plans include hot water heating through heat exchangers with the central plant which will:
- minimize having to store large amounts of potable water and heating it continuously;
- draw what is necessary at a given time and circulating it; and
- allow substations to convert hot water into heated domestic water and circulate into buildings.

Additionally, Sheridan plans to carry out grey water recycling.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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