Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.16
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2014
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Southern Oregon University
OP-22: Water Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.29 / 7.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
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Water consumption, 2005 baseline year:
70,464,503.71 Gallons

Water consumption, performance year :
65,729,589.22 Gallons

List the start and end dates of the water consumption performance year:
July 2011-June 2012

On-campus residents, 2005:
1,008

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
3,678

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
1,407

On-campus residents, performance year:
1,137

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
3,690

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
2,444

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with water consumption performance year):
July 2011-June 2012

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to water use reduction goals:
Yes

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve water use reduction goals:

SOU's Campus Master Plan states:

The University will make a coordinated effort to reduce water consumption through the following means:
• Review of landscape irrigation practices, including exploration of xeriscape landscapes where appropriate;
• Use of low-flow fixtures and other emerging technologies that demonstrate significant water savings;
• Future buildings projects will assess the feasibility of both greywater and rainwater reuse for appropriate purposes such as irrigation, toilet flushing, and cooling water; and
• Replace existing manual irrigation systems with automated irrigation system to increase efficiency and reduce consumption of TID water.

The water conservation measures taken in the LEED Platinum Higher Education Center has resulted in annual domestic water use of 53% less than code. Additionally, the project includes on-site storm water management, and water-efficient landscaping resulting in a 50% reduction in outdoor water usage.


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

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