Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.67
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.08 / 5.00 Josh Arnold
Director of Energy and Utilities
Energy Conservation, Development and Controls Division
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 --- 24,011,000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 19,610,940 Gallons 24,011,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

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

Baseline changed (in 2017) from 2010-2011 (at 30,210,600 GAL) to year 2006-2007 at 24,011,000 GAL. Furthest date in the past, currently, for which data was available. Since 2007, two new buildings have been added to campus, including one residence hall. The current performance year data includes the water consumption of all buildings on campus, including the two new ones.

In ESF's original STARS 2011 assessment, the College did not report water use.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 550 0
Number of employees resident on-site 5 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,067 1,955
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 515 540
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 43 0
Weighted campus users 2,043 1,871.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9,599.09 Gallons 12,831.53 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
25.19

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,290,997 Gross Square Feet 1,049,203 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 15.19 Gallons / GSF 22.88 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
33.62

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 6.75 Acres 6.75 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 3,557,185.19 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:
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A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

The source of the non-potable water includes rainwater that hits the roof of Baker Hall. This rainwater travels through leaders (gutters) to a large tank and is used to clean vehicles from physical plant.


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):

2/25/2019 - SUNY ESF commissioned a free cooling chiller that uses ambient air temperatures to cool condenser water and allows Baker Labs to not run the air conditioning during after hours, weekends and holidays. This system reduces water consumption in a water cooled chiller as well cooling tower make-up water.


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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Updating 01/28/2018
- Performance year = FY 2016-2017

NEED:
- Add -> Water from Centennial Hall
- Update IC -> FTE students and staff/faculty
- Description

PERFORMANCE:
- previous: 2.53/4

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Update 02/15/2017
- Performance year = FY2015-16
- Previous year: 26,653,400 GAL ( 26,653.4 MGAL)?
-> whereas EnergyCAP has 23,341,210 GAL ...?
- worst year (higher than baseline...): 38,299,210 FY 2012-13 (EnergyCAP)
- campus users NOT updated...
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ESF's main campus has 12 acres. However, the College owns and manages a total of ~ approximately 25,000 acres of forested land in NY state.

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