Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.66
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Arkansas
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.27 / 4.00 Jeff Siebler
Project/Program Specialist
Facilities Management
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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 227,199,798 Gallons 212,987,505 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 227,199,798 Gallons 212,987,505 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 30, 2018 July 1, 2019
Baseline Year June 30, 2008 July 1, 2009

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

In 2018/2019 the UA developed its first Water Action Plan, which included a detailed analysis of data over the past decade.

That full report can be found here: https://sustainability.uark.edu/_resources/pdfs/ua-water-action-plan.pdf


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 6,234 4,545
Number of employees resident on-site 14 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 22,598 14,814
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 4,342 3,747
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 673 1,342
Weighted campus users 21,262.25 14,050.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 10,685.60 Gallons 15,158.71 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
29.51

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 10,133,988 Gross Square Feet 7,458,641 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 22.42 Gallons / GSF 28.56 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
21.49

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 173 Acres 173 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 1,313,293.63 Gallons / Acre 1,231,141.65 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:

The University of Arkansas has a plan to capture stormwater runoff for our campus cooling towers, but the ROI of this project still needs to improve before implementation.

There are underground water cisterns in some campus locations that collect rainwater from roofs and irrigate landscape.


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):

Some of the institution's replacements have been dual flush toilets, pint urinals, no-flush urinals, and tap facets.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The campus GSF is a little smaller than IC-2 because the performance year didn't include buildings completed in 2020, 2021, and fall of 2019.

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