Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Meredith Moore
Submission Date March 17, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.22 / 4.00 Stephanie Lage
Assistant Director
Ctr for Sustainable Environment
"---" 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 1,007,588,000 Gallons 1,312,492,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 1,007,588,000 Gallons 1,312,492,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 11,467 11,614
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 43,398 41,496
Full-time equivalent of employees 13,814 14,386
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 21,003,246 Square Feet 20,113,569 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 832 Acres 854 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, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

Year was selected based on best available data.


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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

Certain campus buildings harvest rainwater for use in maintaining the gardens or plants near them. For example the Krannert Art Museum maintains a beautiful native planting near its entrance with water collected from rain.


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

Each building has at least one flow meter attached for the purpose of measuring usage. Other uses like cooling towers are also metered for make-up water to chilled water system.


A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:
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A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
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A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

The Grounds Division considers many attributes when selecting plants for our region. Priority is given to plants and vegetation that are native to our region. This includes selecting plants that are easy and inexpensive to maintain, ie reduced water needs.


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

The Grounds division monitor local weather data provided by many sources, ie the web, tv stations, radio, etc. to aid in irrigation practices.


A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:
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