Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Smith College
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.08 / 5.00 Bob Dombkowski
Supervisor- Grounds Section
Facilities
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Level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use --- 54,968,434 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 47,992,020 Gallons 54,938,435 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
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


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,874 2,400
Number of employees resident on-site 6 6
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,804 2,748
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1,137.33 1,128
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 3,676.00 3,508.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 13,055.51 Gallons 15,658.67 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
16.62

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,847,347 Gross Square Feet 2,775,997 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 16.85 Gallons / GSF 19.79 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
14.83

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
Yes

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 90 Acres 90 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 0 Gallons / Acre 610,760.38 Gallons / Acre

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:

Each year the house Eco-Reps hold April Showers, which is a water-saving competition held during Earth Week in April. Eco-Reps distribute 5 minute shower timers and challenge students to limit their showers to only 5 minutes, and to re-think if they need a daily shower. The house that records the most showers that were limited to 5 minutes or less (per person) receives a prize.


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

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. The cisterns are not separately metered so we don't have data to report on how much water is recycled each year.


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):
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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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