Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.50
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Berkeley
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.23 / 6.00 Kira Stoll
Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:
High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 608,499,783 Gallons 791,947,244 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 608,395,783 Gallons 791,947,244 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2007 Dec. 31, 2007

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

The baseline year of 2007 was the year prior to the adoption of the campus water use goal that set in motion more mitigation measures.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 8,065 7,180
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 42,103 33,948
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 15,475 15,190
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 45,199.75 38,648.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 13,460.16 Gallons 20,491.02 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
34.31

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 16,284,867 Gross Square Feet 15,838,197 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 37.36 Gallons / GSF 50.00 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
25.28

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 178 Acres 178 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 3,418,538.11 Gallons / Acre 4,449,141.82 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
23.16

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:

The ongoing drought conditions in California have kept messaging about water use visible in signing at the Recreation Sports facilities and various locations around campus.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

Approximately 24,000 gallons of rainwater are reused each year for irrigation at the UC Berkeley School of Law. In addition, the estimate of recycled/reused water includes 80,000 gallons from the Eshleman rain water system (assumes the 40,000 gallon tank was filled and used at least twice). Finally, the new Chou Hall at the Haas School of Business also recycles rain water captured in rooftop cisterns.

The campus also uses well (ground) water for pressure washing of sidewalks, pathways, egresses, entries, patios and stairs.


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):

The campus during renovation projects replaces domestic water features with more efficient models as a regular practice.

Students working with housing staff have been testing different low-flow shower heads and toilets in residence halls.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information in this field was provided by the UC Berkeley Facilities Services' Water Operations.

104,000 gallons non-potable water accounted for (Boalt and Eshleman).

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