Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.71
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Gioia Thompson
Sustainability Strategist
UVM Office of 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

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 128,513,821 Gallons 182,337,013 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 113,397,187 Gallons 162,280,216 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, 2006 June 30, 2007

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

Used same baseline of FY07 and performance year of FY22 for all building-related performance measures. Period of 2007-2022 corresponded with significant changes to the campus, consistently measured data sets.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 5,453 4,791
Number of employees resident on-site 22 19
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 12,968.67 10,805
Full-time equivalent of employees 3,443 3,437
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 190 2
Weighted campus users 13,535.00 11,882.50

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 8,378.07 Gallons 13,657.08 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
38.65

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 6,053,508 Gross Square Feet 5,250,510 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 18.73 Gallons / GSF 30.91 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
39.39

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 4,162.28 Acres 4,001 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 30,875.82 Gallons / Acre 45,572.86 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
32.25

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

Signage in residence halls reminding students not to leave water running. Signs in kitchens reminding staff to report leaks and drips.


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

Recent upgrade of recovery system for steam condensate at the Central Heating & Cooling Plant.


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

Dining policy to thaw in fridge instead of under running water.


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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Baseline year for vegetated grounds is FY14 because it is the closest year that we have data for.
As to how we determined potable vs non, we pulled any utilities flagged as just “water” into the potable category, whereas any identified as “water/sewer” were included in the total use. It is possible and likely that there is more potable water use than what is reflected in the figures, but we have no way of breaking it out with any greater degree of specificity.

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