Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Denver
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.99 / 4.00 Chad King
Sustainability Coordinator
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 80,191,000 Gallons 114,242,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 80,191,000 Gallons 114,242,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,517 2,180
Number of residential employees 6 6
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 10,520 8,741
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,343 2,117
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 667 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 3,300,422 Square Feet 3,143,091 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 33 Acres 33 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

This baseline aligns with our baselines for energy and waste.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
0 Gallons

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:

We have building level water meters for which we receive monthly consumption data that is entered into an EnergyCAP utility tracking database for the purposes of tracking water conservation project outcomes and consumption trends.

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

DU has a demonstration permaculture garden that utilizes passive water collection and storage.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:

Rain sensors regulate over 90% of campus sprinkler systems to prevent watering during rainfall events.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

New buildings have high efficiency fixtures installed. During the performance year, in the face of a drought, irrigation was reduced at the perimeter of campus, allowing grass to brown down, while maintaining a green quad.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

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