Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.41
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Kentucky
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.06 / 5.00 Britney Raglad
Energy Engineer
Utilities and Energy Management
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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:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 545,125,614 Gallons 647,036,231 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 545,125,614 Gallons 647,036,231 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2017 June 30, 2018
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 6,227 6,126
Number of employees resident on-site 41 200
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 945 857
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 28,550 24,162
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 16,442 11,219
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 4,871 0
Weighted campus users 32,602.75 28,974.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 16,720.23 Gallons 22,331.42 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
25.13

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 20,600,321 Gross Square Feet 16,065,889 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 26.46 Gallons / GSF 40.27 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
34.29

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 436.48 Acres 458.30 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 1,248,913.16 Gallons / Acre 1,411,818.09 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
11.54

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:

Our new energy savings partner, Cenergistic, is continuously auditing the campus for leaks in water and is helpful in more quickly identifying and fixing issues. There are 6 specialists deployed around campus with individual building assignments and are also tasked with improving awareness among the campus community.
Note: much of the reduction from the baseline can be attributed to the shift toward privately operated dorms, which receive their water bills directly and are not processed through UK Facilities.


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

Two new facilities, Jacob's Science and the Gatton Student Center, have integrated rain water catchment tanks that allow for irrigation without the use of domestic potable water (when available).


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):

Renovations across campus continue and each new project is incorporating various water reduction strategies, including low flow fixtures as well as rain water (greywater) tanks for irrigation reuse, such as with Jacob's Science and the new Gatton Student Center.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Jerry Hart served as a resource on many of the landscape-based questions.

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