Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Josh Arnold
Director of Energy and Utilities
Energy Conservation, Development and Controls Division
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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 11,941,000 Gallons 26,251,000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 11,941,000 Gallons 26,251,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

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

Baseline is aligned with carbon neutral and energy reductions baseline of 2007 when ESF began to pursue campus sustainability initiatives. Since 2007, square footage has increased and Syracuse campus food service has been added to water usage.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 556 0
Number of employees resident on-site 10 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 12 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,878.60 1,955
Full-time equivalent of employees 563.50 540
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 10 0
Weighted campus users 1,977.58 1,871.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 6,038.20 Gallons 14,028.59 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
56.96

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,265,328 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 9.44 Gallons / GSF 25.02 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
62.28

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 6.75 Acres 6.75 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 1,769,037.04 Gallons / Acre 3,889,037.04 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
54.51

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


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

Since 2007, ESF has been installing water-efficient faucets and toilets. Facilities staff has improved operational water use efficiency and mitigated numerous leaks in recent years. The volume of ESF water use also fluctuates from year to year based on research and operational activities on the Syracuse and satellite campuses. ESF also installed building level water meters on all of it's building and connected the meters to Lucid Building OS dashboard to more monitor water use in more granular detail. This has allowed for additional identification and mitigation of leaks and inefficiencies.

ESF commissioned a free cooling chiller that uses ambient air temperatures to cool condenser water and allows Baker Labs to avoid running 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.


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
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