Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Jeff Severin
KU Center for Sustainability
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 137,829,731 Gallons
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015
151,148,200 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 137,829,731 Gallons
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015
200,244,030 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 5,054
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 22,327 23,938
Full-time equivalent of employees 5,342 4,573
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 152
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 9,174,660 Square feet
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015
4,998,230 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 1,000 Acres 1,000 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

The year 2005 was used as a baseline because 2005 was the original baseline used by our university for our first STARS submission. We feel that using 2005 provides us with a consistent means of assessing our progress.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

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:

Each building is metered with a master meter. Any uses that do not drain to the sanitary sewer such as cooling towers, swimming pools, decorative fountains, etc. are sub-metered.

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):

Facilities Operations is selecting drought tolerant plants for landscaping, particularly on the West Campus.

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

Although irrigation systems are not widely used on campus, individual systems do have rain sensors.

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

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.