Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Richmond
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired George Souleret
University Engineer
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 79687743 Gallons 90041996 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 79687743 Gallons 90041996 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2700 2700
Number of residential employees 9 9
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 3761 3732
Full-time equivalent of employees 1647 1460
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2594460 Square Feet 2370813 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 322.50 Acres 322.50 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

Baseline matches 2008 base year for our Climate Action Plan.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

We irrigate the baseball field with water from Westhampton Lake instead of using treated water.

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:

Have extensively used low-flow toilets, flush valves, showers/heads, lavatory faucets, pint-flush urinals, in retrofits and new construction (meets LEED Silver or higher).

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

Every project is scoped out with conserving resources in mind. (e.g., Low-flow shower heads and sink aerators; Energy Star-rated ice machines that use 10% less water.)

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

The University adheres to weather-informed irrigation and prioritizes the planting of drought tolerant and native species in new plantings. We adopted an active Water Quality Management Plan to improve the quality of Westhampton Lake. This plan includes annual dredging, quality monitoring, and integrated fertilization. Landscaping at several LEED buildings is selected to be drought tolerant and not require watering after the first year.

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

The University adheres to weather-informed irrigation and does not rely on timed sprinklers on campus.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

Equipped student laundry rooms with new, energy-efficient washers that have reduced our water usage by 1 million gallons per year.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

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