Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Smith College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.47 / 4.00 Karl Kowitz
Business Operations Director
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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 191,635.37 Cubic meters 208,078.06 Cubic meters

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 191,540.74 Cubic meters 207,964.50 Cubic meters

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students
Number of residential employees
Number of in-patient hospital beds
Full-time equivalent enrollment
Full-time equivalent of employees
Full-time equivalent of distance education students

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 270,904.87 Square meters 257,898.45 Square meters

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 36.42 Hectares 36.42 Hectares

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 5, 2012 June 4, 2013
Baseline Year June 1, 2005 June 9, 2006

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
Oldest accurate data available

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 Cubic meters

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:
Ford Hall has two cisterns to capture rainwater, with 25,000 gallons and 30,000 gallons capacity and a 5,000 gallon overflow tank. This water is for non-potable uses in the building.This reduced the overall stormwater runoff at the site by 25 percent through the combination of the cistern system and a planted rooftop that encompasses 20,000 square feet.

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:
Every occupied building has its own water meter for billing and to track water use.

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

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

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

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:
Smith is in the process of installing a new irrigation control system that will use input from moisture sensors in the soil across campus to determine true watering needs.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:
Smith uses water from the Mill River to directly irrigate some of its grounds, reducing the need for potable water. Ford Hall received the highest possible LEED rating for its water efficiency measures. The building manages water consumption through ultra-low-flow fixtures and use of captured rainwater.

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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