Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.43 / 4.00 Sean Brodfuehrer
Senior Architectural Planner
Campus Planning
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Level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 337830830 Gallons 338227000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 337830830 Gallons 338227000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2008 June 30, 2009

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

2009 was the year that the University released it's Climate Action Plan. It is useful by comparing that baseline year to see the impact of our physical growth on the metrics.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 7712 7450
Number of employees resident on-site 0 220
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 29194 25158
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 6420 8424
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 318 0
Weighted campus users 28400 27104

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 11895.45 Gallons 12478.86 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
4.68

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 10970240 Gross Square Feet 10427776 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 30.80 Gallons / GSF 32.44 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
5.06

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
Yes

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 28516466 Acres 28943296 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 11.85 Gallons / Acre 11.69 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
0

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:

Retention ponds outside Davis hall provide irrigation to onsite plantings. At Greiner Hall, non-potable water from Lake Lasalle is used for irrigation.


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):

It is a practice to install low flow showerheads and faucets in building retrofits as well as specify them and low flow toilets in new construction.


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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Please note: the performance year used, July 1, 2016 - June 31, 2017 was the most recent data available. As such, the demographic information provided does not correlate to IC 3 and IC 2 data.

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