Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.98
Liaison Peter Barker
Submission Date March 14, 2016
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St. John's University, New York
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 4.00 Thomas Goldsmith
Director of Environment and Energy Conservation
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 138,434,604 Gallons 169,392,828 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 138,434,604 Gallons 169,392,828 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,302 3,392
Number of residential employees 4 3
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 16,295 18,783
Full-time equivalent of employees 963 958
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 392 133

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,643,587 Square feet 2,643,587 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 44.30 Acres 44.30 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Sept. 1, 2014 Oct. 1, 2015
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2009 Aug. 1, 2010

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

Due to information available, the baseline year is 2010. Information used in this document can be found in the Office of Institutional Research's "2010 Fact Book" via http://www.stjohns.edu/sites/default/files/documents/ir/factbook2010-fall-fact_book.pdf

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

We have an artesian well that feeds most of the campus underground irrigation infrastructure.

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:

It is on an online utility tracking system through "Buildings OS". It tracks the water consumption once a quater.

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

The Department of Sustainability has fitted the Residence Village bathrooms with water restricting shower heads and facuets.

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

This past summer, the Sustainability Department replaced inefficient laundry rooms with water efficient/energy efficient appliances.

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

When practical, the landscape architect specifies native, hearty, and drought and salt tolerant plants.

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

In house grounds keeping monitors daily rainfall, and adjusts the need for irrigation.

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

The Montgoris dining hall kitchen had been fitted with a push petal for dishwashing to reduce the chance of running water while cleaning. Through St. John's organic soils management planning, the University brews and sprays compost tea to reduce the need to frequently water our grounds. A storm water retention design has been incorporated into the North East part of campus.

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