Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.06
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date June 18, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.11 / 2.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 60,530,254 Gallons 65,665,325 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 52,888,278 Gallons 57,375,044 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 4,687 2,911
Number of residential employees 1,000 1,093
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 9,590 8,713
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,000 2,000
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,157,171 Square Feet 887,819 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 4,992,063 Acres 5,261,414 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year June 1, 2012 May 31, 2013
Baseline Year June 1, 2005 May 31, 2005

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
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A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

The student gardens use water from rain barrels installed on the Vehicle Maintenance Building.


A brief description of any water metering and management systems employed by the institution:

All buildings are on metered for municipal water supplies.


A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:

We retrofitted the water-cooling systems at Blackhawk Commons with air-cooled equipment, reducing the use of water, and in 2005, replaced the natural grass football field at Titans Stadium with artificial grass resulting in an estimated savings of 850,000 gallons of water used for irrigation. We have replaced 63 older 4.18 gpf toilets with 1.6 gpf
toilets and Installed 5 waterless urinals.


A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
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A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

The university has been converting turf areas to native prairies, and using prairie plants for new building landscaping, in part to reduce the need for irrigation. Bioswales have been installed along buildings close to the river to reduce pollution due to solid surface runoff.


A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:
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A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

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