Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.45
Liaison Kristina Hughes
Submission Date May 10, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Nebraska at Omaha
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 3.00 Patrick Wheeler
Environmental Advocate/Sustainability Champion
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 58,740,626 Gallons 54,254,196 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 58,740,626 Gallons 54,254,196 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,319 1,359
Number of residential employees 63 63
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 12,248 11,826
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,521 1,460
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 2,928 3,159

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,899,292 Square Feet 2,685,736 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 311.29 Acres 311.29 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, 2008 June 30, 2011

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

Baseline was adopted to be representative of three recent years.

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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

a bioretention garden was constructed to capture the first inch of rain from the Welcome Center in rain events and drain completely within 24-48 hours. This does not result in water being "extracted," but sequestered on site. It is, therefore, not metered.

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

A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:

Building renovations and retrofits utilize current code prescribed water saving fixtures at all locations.

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):

Wide use of native tallgrass plantings have recently been added in place of traditional turf grass installations at most buildings and redeveloped areas.

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

Rainfall sensitive irrigation controllers are being retrofitted to irrigation systems across campus as funds allow.

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:

Acres of vegetated grounds was estimated based on one half of the Dodge and Pacific Campuses (88.79 + 73.79=162.58/2=81.29 + 230 acres of the Glacier Creek Preserve (allowing 3.1 acres for buildings and road: 243.1-3.1=240) for a total of 311.29 vegetated acres.

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