Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.24
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Richmond
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Rob Andrejewski
Director of Sustainability
Office for Sustainability
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Level of ”Physical Risk Quantity” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low to Medium

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 50,439,136 Gallons 90,041,996 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 50,439,136 Gallons 90,041,996 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021
Baseline Period July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

Baseline matches 2008 baseline year for water comparisons.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,721 2,700
Number of employees resident on-site 9 9
Number of other individuals resident on-site 3 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,636.67 3,732
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,639.33 1,460
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 4,642.50 4,571.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 10,864.65 Gallons 19,697.46 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
44.84

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,816,909 Gross Square Feet 2,370,813 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 17.91 Gallons / GSF 37.98 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
52.85

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 264 Acres 264 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 191,057.33 Gallons / Acre 341,068.17 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
43.98

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:

For nearly a decade, the University has installed water bottle refill stations whenever an upgrade to a drinking fountain is needed or a renovation occurs. Every residence hall and nearly all buildings have at least one bottle fill station.


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

Westhampton Lake is a source of irrigation for the west side of campus, most often used on the baseball field.

Preliminary designs for a water reclamation and reuse facility are under way.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

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).


Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Reduction in water usage can be attributed to a lack of residential students for the first two months of the fiscal year and a majority of non-front-line staff working from home for much of FY2021.

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