Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.64
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date April 23, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

State University of New York at Cortland
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.78 / 4.00 Nasrin Parvizi
Assoc. Vice president
Facilities Management
"---" 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 51,569,700 Gallons 57,928,250 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 51,569,700 Gallons 57,928,250 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,404 3,182
Number of residential employees 22 22
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 7,110 7,358
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,163 1,192
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,507,315 Square Feet 2,249,921 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 688 Acres 688 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2010 June 30, 2011

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

The base line is our previous STARS submission data as well as the climate action Plan.

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

Makeup Water from the Cortland City Waterworks is metered into the Central Heating Plant using a turbine meter and pulse output to a BMS system. The water usage is tracked so that if there are increases in makeup water the root cause of the increase is determined and corrective actions can be taken. This might be in the form of steam leakage,condensate leakage etc.

In addition to this, we have a number of stand alone buildings that we meter and track the water consumption.

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

All renovation and new construction complies with LEED pre-requisite requires 20% reduction below regulatory standards.

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

the existing restroom fixtures have been replaced with automatic flush and sensors systematically during last few years.

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

All newly renovated and constructed buildings have native vegetation that requires no irrigation.

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


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

Athletic fields that need irrigation are being irrigated during night when less evaporation occurs. The water cannon are also high pressure that is more efficient.

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

Non- residential part time students and faculty and staff are included with full time.

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