Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Mindy Granley
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Duluth
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 4.00 Mindy Granley
Sustainability Director
UMD Office of Sustainability
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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:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 66433620 Gallons 74541192 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 66433620 Gallons 74541192 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2018 Dec. 31, 2018
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2007 Dec. 31, 2007

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

We aligned water baseline with our first greenhouse gas inventory baseline.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 3005 2671
Number of employees resident on-site 6 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 10505 11184
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1550 1506
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 9794 10185.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 6783.09 Gallons 7318.54 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
7.32

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 3622256 Gross Square Feet 3189101 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 18.34 Gallons / GSF 23.37 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
21.53

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

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 289.50 Acres 291 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 229477.10 Gallons / Acre 256155.30 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
10.41

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:

Water-saving fixtures are used in all replacement projects on campus and in Housing, and low-flow fixtures are standard in new buildings, which follow State of MN B3 Guidelines. Fixture replacements in Housing (especially toilets and sinks) have been a large contributor to water savings at UMD.


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

UMD utilizes State of Minnesota B3 Guidelines for new construction and remodeling projects, which has provides guidelines on water-conserving fixtures and equipment.
https://www.b3mn.org/guidelines/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Water usage taken from UMD Utility Database- total of housing plus campus.
Baseline year: 1/1/2007 - 12/31/07
Performance year: 1/1/18 - 12/31/18

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