Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.58
Liaison James Gordon
Submission Date March 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Thompson Rivers University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 3.00 James Gordon
Environmental Programs and Research Coordinator
TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 33,564,007.70 Gallons 24,662,952.10 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 33,564,007.70 Gallons 24,662,952.10 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 0 0
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 8,315.18 5,702.50
Full-time equivalent of employees 979 872
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 3,403.18 1,866

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,000,656 Square Feet 989,083.85 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 194.82 Acres 221.61 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2013 Dec. 1, 2013
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 1, 2005

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

A 2005 baseline was adopted for the 2011 Stars Report, and so in order to be consitent with it, 2005 will be used again for this report.


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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

TRU does not currently use any harvested rainwater, or gray water for irrigation or other purposes.


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

Normal mechanical water meters are used. No water management systems are used.


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

In the newly designed House of Learning building, low flow appliances in washrooms, staff rooms and kitchens were implemented. Dual flush toilets and waterless urinals are used in the International Building and the BC Centre for Open Learning building. Sensor-activated 'no-touch' faucets are regularly used when replacing old faucets.


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

In many washrooms on campus, taps are triggered by sensory equipment and water will flow for a certain time frame. This helps to reduce greywater produced on campus.


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

The TRU Kamloops campus includes a number of native trees and plants that are, by nature of the climate, drought tolerant. In addition, a large portion of the campus (approximately 55%) is undeveloped and retains native vegetation that does not require inputs of water.


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

The House of Learning employs irrigation systems that communicate with local weather stations and are equipped with rain sensors that are able to anticipate the watering demands and adapt water flows accordingly.


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

Whenver new turf needs to be installed, Enviro Turf brand turf is used which requires less water than traditional turf. Extensive mulching around campus trees and landscapped areas takes place, which helps to retain moisture around the plant roots, thereby reducing the amount of watering needed.


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

City of Kamloops water consumption utility data used.

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