Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jessa Gagne
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Stonehill College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.52 / 4.00 Jessa Gagne
Energy Manager
Operations & Finance
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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 24,882,468 Gallons 28,307,803 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 24,882,468 Gallons 28,307,803 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,086 2,206
Number of residential employees 15 15
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2,382.30 2,566.60
Full-time equivalent of employees 608 633.50
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,317,402 Square Feet 1,259,679 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 384 Acres 384 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2010 June 30, 2011

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

It is the first year all of the required data was available.


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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

In 2013, an 8,000 square foot storage building was constructed for the Facilities Management Department and is located adjacent to The Farm at Stonehill. A 3,000 gallon 2 compartment holding tank was installed in order to store rainwater from the roof of the building for use at The Farm. This rainwater collection system is not metered for water usage; therefore, there are no statistics on the quantity of rainwater collected by this system.

In 2014, a rainwater catchment system was installed on the shed at The Farm and it is used to water the adjacent Permaculture Garden.


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

Each building is separately metered for water. Leak detection alarms are initiated when water is used continuously for more than 24 hours.


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

All residence hall and athletic facilities were retrofitted with low flow shower heads and sink aerators in 2013. Low flow toilets have been installed in one dormitory. The College is currently evaluating the new toilets and will install them in additional buildings should they prove to be an effective solution.


A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
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A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):
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A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:

Water for all irrigation systems is provided by wells on the Stonehill campus. Rain sensors have been integrated into the irrigation control system that prevent the systems from running when it is raining.


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

The vast majority of water consumption occurs in the residence halls. As such, water reduction contests called "Stop the Drop" are held in the residence halls each semester in conjunction with water conservation campaigns. The College also participated in Campus Conservation Nationals in 2015.


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