Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.09
Liaison Bill Mitchell
Submission Date April 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

State University of New York at Morrisville
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.60 / 5.00 Bill Mitchell
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Medium to High

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 41,181,500 Gallons 61,623,400 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 34,257,000 Gallons 57,395,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2022 June 30, 2023
Baseline Period July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

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

FY-2014-2015 is the mandated NYS BASELINE Fiscal Year for Carbon Reporting. Thus, it makes sense that this same year is selected in other categories for the BASELINE Fiscal Year such as waste and water, etc.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 837 1,394
Number of employees resident on-site 3 4
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,576.80 2,660
Full-time equivalent of employees 454 511
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 49 29
Weighted campus users 1,696.35 2,706

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 20,194.54 Gallons 21,210.27 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
4.79

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,989,963 Gross square feet 1,949,481 Gross square feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 17.21 Gallons per square foot 29.44 Gallons per square foot

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
41.53

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 9 Acres 9 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 4,575,722.22 Gallons per acre 6,847,044.44 Gallons per acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
33.17

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

As a whole, SUNY Morrisville intends to utilize higher amounts of water pumped through the campus system, to reduce salt/particulate output from the campus owned and operated Waste Water Treatment Plant, especially as the campus increases enrollment, and thus the amount of Treated Waste Water increases.


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

None.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

The SUNY Morrisville campus has moved forward with low-flow sink and showerhead adapters in nearly all campus locations (except in kitchens and other facility locations (ex: mop sinks) where this would not make sense).

We consider ourselves well aware of the EPA Watersense program and the benefits that adoption of these sustainable practices can provide. 
https://www.epa.gov/watersense/about-watersense


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Most of the low-flow devices the SUNY Morrisville campus has installed, are considered part of the US EPA WaterSense program at this website:
https://www.epa.gov/watersense/about-watersense

The BASELINE Year is FY-2014-2015: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. 

The current Performance Year is FY-2022-2023: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. 


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