Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.64
Liaison Sustainability Office
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.57 / 5.00 Jon Soter
Utilities Manager
Facilities Operations
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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 143,057,700 Gallons 175,592,520 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 143,057,700 Gallons 175,592,520 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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 4,616 3,923
Number of employees resident on-site 14 12
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 16,351.70 13,798
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 2,914.09 2,229.30
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1,401 754
Weighted campus users 14,556.09 12,438.72

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9,828.03 Gallons 14,116.60 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
30.38

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 6,506,385 Gross Square Feet 4,670,562 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 21.99 Gallons / GSF 37.60 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
41.52

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 170.60 Acres 162.60 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 838,556.27 Gallons / Acre 1,079,904.80 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
22.35

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

The University installed two rainwater harvesting cisterns 2,500 gallons each using the student fee-funded Green Fund. The collected rainwater is used to irrigate annual plants in the summer and create brine mixtures in the winter. In addition to the cisterns, a non-potable water from wells is used for irrigating for a recreation facility (Piney Lake), and on-campus athletic fields (baseball and soccer)as well as the golf course. UNCG has installed sub-meters on irrigation and cooling towers to receive non-sewer credits for water that does not go into the City of Greensboro sewer system.


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):

UNCG has installed low flow toilets, showerheads and aerators in sink faucets to reduce the water consumption on campus. We are currently expanding the use of smart irrigation system and have trained staff to monitor the use of the system to eliminate potable water use.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Water consumption data are from Strategic Energy PLan report 2017.

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