Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.22
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jessica GerberDolan
Data Analyst
Facilities Services
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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

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 166,470,800 Gallons 685,866,472 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 166,470,800 Gallons 482,844,472 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2021 June 30, 2022
Baseline Period July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

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 8,057 8,132
Number of employees resident on-site 19 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 28,329 24,672
Full-time equivalent of employees 7,089 8,874
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 2,689 0
Weighted campus users 26,565.75 27,192.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 6,266.37 Gallons 17,756.53 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
64.71

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 14,526,905.18 Gross square feet 14,620,844.12 Gross square feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 11.46 Gallons per square foot 33.02 Gallons per square foot

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
65.30

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 482 Acres 200 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 345,375.10 Gallons per acre 3,429,332.36 Gallons per acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
89.93

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:
Numerous buildings on campus have storm water cisterns that allow rain water to be treated and used for laundry, flushing toilets, and irrigation.

A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
Renovations that increase utility efficiency may be made using funding from the Green Fee Revolving Fund after approval from both the Student Environmental Initiatives Committee (SEIC) and the Facilities Services Oversight Committee. These renovations must have a return on investment of less than five years. Facilities Services performs regular assessments to identify buildings which are eligible for this funding. Additionally, several smaller projects are currently in progress to increase water efficiency on campus. For example, all older water fountains are being replaced with energy-efficient water bottle refill stations.

Website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
These figures were calculated by dividing the current price per cubic foot of water and wastewater, as set by the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), by the total amount that the university paid for these servei.

These figures were calculated by dividing the current price per cubic foot of water and wastewater, as set by the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), by the total amount that the university paid for these servei.

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