Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.16
Liaison Yara Watson Colon
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Central Florida
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.17 / 5.00 Yara Watson Colon
Sustainability Specialist II
Sustainability Initiatives
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Medium to High

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 454,651,600 Gallons 451,509,424 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 265,281,000 Gallons 239,031,424 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014

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

Fiscal 2014 was chosen as the baseline due to the increase of sub metering and data reliability compared to previously recorded years.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 7,465 7,048
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 59,355 38,508.80
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,928.60 5,674
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 18,581 10,801
Weighted campus users 37,643.20 26,798.35

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 7,047.25 Gallons 8,919.63 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
20.99

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 10,461,035 Gross Square Feet 9,782,247 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 25.36 Gallons / GSF 24.44 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
0

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 1,297 Acres 1,297 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 350,540.94 Gallons / Acre 348,118.29 Gallons / Acre

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

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

August 2017 UCF switched one of its Chilled Water Plant cooling towers from Potable Water to Reclaim water, reducing the use/waste of potable water for cooling. Cooling Tower 7 was switched over to reclaim and has re-purposed a monthly average of over 600,000 gallons of potable water use for reclaim. Over 8.2 million gallons of reclaim water used in place of potable in FY 2018/19 for Cooling Tower 7 alone, with more efforts underway to serve cooling tower makeup systems at the new DEPIV plant and eventually our main utility plant.

UES has invested in smart metering/sensor technology with leak detection and has demonstrated accuracy with confirming leaks in facilities throughout campus. Smart meters and sensors with leak notifications and interval data for modeling/trending have proven extremely helpful/effective in demonstrating use patterns, spikes, losses, and forecasting.
UCF has invested in accurate metering and district metering installations to better track and validate water consumption and production. Such efforts have validated large leaks at the UCF Football Stadium, Parking Garages, Teaching Academy, Visual Arts Building, UCF Baseball Stadium, Towers, Physical Sciences, and more, to proactively correct and secure a precious commodity.

UES has invested in annual testing of all water metering at the varying utility plants on campus and is moving forward with a campus-wide testing program starting mid-2020.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Baseline data updated to reflect corrected records.

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