Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.97
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date March 13, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Miami
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 469,386,066 Gallons
+ Date Revised: March 23, 2020
398,180,013 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 412,935,166 Gallons 341,065,713 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2017 May 31, 2018
Baseline Year June 1, 2012 May 31, 2013

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

FY13 is the start date of our most recent updated GHG inventory to ACUPCC/2nd Nature

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 4,193 4,216
Number of employees resident on-site 23 21
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 45 30
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 16,397 15,613
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 9,267 7,827
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 546 369
Weighted campus users 19,937.50 18,392.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 20,711.48 Gallons 18,543.74 Gallons

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

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 9,936,736 Gross square feet 9,271,568 Gross square feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 41.56 Gallons per square foot 36.79 Gallons per square foot

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

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 79.20 Acres 79.20 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 5,926,591.74 Gallons per acre 5,027,525.42 Gallons per acre

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

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:

Take Back the Tap Student led initiative:
As Orientation week kicks in, a Green U and ECO Agency Student government tradition is back: a reusable bottle is offered to every freshman.
Students are encouraged to drink tap water, use our water filling stations and sign the pledge on Takebackthetap.org

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

Rainwater Harvesting at the South Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music - LEED® Platinum

A large on-site cistern captures and treats rainwater for reuse through irrigation and to flush all toilets and urinals in the building, replacing the need to use potable (drinking) water. Overall, this reduces the project’s potable water usage by 87% for interior plumbing fixtures, and by 100% for irrigation needs. The building started to be occupied at the end of FY2015.


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):

The University has implemented practices and technologies to optimize the campus’s water use and further promote the University’s water conservation efforts.
Our initiatives in this area include:
• The replacement of all resident halls and apartments shower heads to low flow models.
• The installation of timer setting controls on the campus irrigation systems.
• An ongoing leak detection program to prevent excessive water consumption.
• An ongoing replacement program of urinals and toilets to low flow models.
• An ongoing conversion of campus irrigation systems to well water in lieu of domestic water usage.

ECO Agency promotes Water Conservation at the Wellness Center
Low flow shower heads installation in the Men's locker room allowed the Center to achieve substantial savings.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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