Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.76
Liaison Diane Fout
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Transylvania University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Samuel Crankshaw
Student Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 13,186,534 Gallons 28,000,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 13,186,534 Gallons 28,000,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 812 856
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 1,015 1,071
Full-time equivalent of employees 319 296
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,049,000 Square feet 888,000 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 35 Acres 35 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, 2008 June 30, 2009

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

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

The shed in the community garden is connected to a series of rain barrels. This collected water is used for the garden.

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

We have 27 locations where we track water consumption from the local utility. Each building on campus that uses water supplied by the local water authority has a meter. The one exception is 6 buildings that utilize a bundled meter. These buildings are Hazelrigg, Old Morrison, Mitchel Fine Arts, Haupt Humanities, the Library, and the Glenn Building.
Cooling tower make-up meters are employed to calculate water use/loss to evaporation and blowdown to accurately assess potable usage.

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 showers have low-use shower heads, and all toilets in new buildings are low-use toilets.

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

As new buildings are constructed and old ones renovated, high efficiency sinks, toilets, showers, and water fountains are installed.

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

Rain gardens are utilized to water landscaped areas without using purchased water. Instead they are watered with run-off from paved areas and buildings. Rain barrels are also used; they collect water from the roofs of some buildings on campus.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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