Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.64
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date July 31, 2015
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Temple University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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 489,340,000 Gallons 407,439,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 489,340,000 Gallons 407,439,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 5,313 5,046
Number of residential employees 12 12
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 33,955 32,251
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,947 6,414
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 166 158

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 10,468,357 Square Feet 9,055,532 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 38 Acres 38 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2010 June 30, 2011

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

The baseline year of FY 2011 for water use differs from the greenhouse gas reporting baseline year of FY 2006. FY 2011 represents a three-year period from the performance year and was selected because data is available through the online EnergyCAP reporting system.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

In the Montgomery Garage and Morgan Residence Hall, the university captures rainwater and uses it to flush plumbing fixtures in that building.

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

Temple has installed water metering on several of its buildings, and continues to expand full metering (water, chilled water, steam, electricity) across campus.

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

The Liacouras Center introduced waterless urinals in all of its concourse restrooms. The residence halls also installed low flow toilets and shower heads on campus.

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

The university has increased the number of native and adaptive species used in the campus plantings. Moreover, the campus increasingly is using pervious pavers in new hardscaping projects as a technique to meet the city's new stormwater management regulations. The Science Education Research Building and the Montgomery Garage both feature pervious pavers.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:

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

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

Vegetated acres provided by 2005 Landscape Master Plan. Temple's EnergyCAP reporting system was used to determine water use. All water use data reported is considered potable.

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