Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.59
Liaison Julie Price
Submission Date July 29, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.01 / 4.00 Scott Jones
Sustainabilty Intern
UAB Sustainability
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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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 724655840 Gallons 769090543 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 685185422 Gallons 769090543 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Oct. 1, 2014 Sept. 30, 2015
Baseline Year Oct. 1, 2010 Sept. 30, 2011

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 2200 2150
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 1157 1157
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 18333 17543
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 20202 18619
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 30608.25 28816

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 22385.65 Gallons 26689.71 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
16.13

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 15394843 Gross Square Feet 14450982 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 44.51 Gallons / GSF 53.22 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
16.37

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 329 Acres 305 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 2202601.34 Gallons / Acre 2521608.34 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
12.65

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:

Our water recovery and reuse initiatives are described in Innovation Credit A.


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):

UAB Energy Mgmt has replaced many older plumbing fixtures with low-flow and automatic fixtures, and these are required in new construction. Also, replacing water-cooled vacuum pumps all over campus with more efficient pumps.


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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