Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison Melissa Tier
Submission Date April 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Swarthmore College
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.34 / 4.00 Ralph Thayer
Director of Maintenance
Facilities Management
"---" 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:
Low

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 36646400 Gallons 35554200 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 29356522 Gallons 29123145 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1620 1479
Number of employees resident on-site 1022 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1619 1474
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 863 683
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 2642 1987.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 11111.48 Gallons 14653.15 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
20.56

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1611182 Gross Square Feet 1444010 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 18.22 Gallons / GSF 20.17 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
9.66

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds --- ---

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds --- ---

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:

A cistern was installed to store the rain water from our Science Center roof areas. That water is used for the gardens around the Science Center. A cistern was also installed at the Wister Center.


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):
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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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