Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Virginia Tech
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.85 / 4.00 Ruben Avagyan
Campus Energy Manager
Facilities Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of ”Physical Risk QUANTITY” for the institution’s main campus as indicated by the World Resources Institute’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas:
Low

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 467801000 Gallons 505073616 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 467801000 Gallons 505073616 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

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

There was a significant increase in water use in the 2014 baseline year used. This year was chosen to demonstrate the progress made by Virginia Tech in the two year time period to reduce the campus-wide water use and wastewater production.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 9433 9025
Number of employees resident on-site 2 2
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 33223 31911
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 7678 7602
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 1010 909
Weighted campus users 32277 31209.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 14493.32 Gallons 16183.20 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
10.44

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 10140464 Gross Square Feet 9989360 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 46.13 Gallons / GSF 50.56 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
8.76

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds --- ---

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds --- ---

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
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A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives, e.g. initiatives to shift individual attitudes and practices such as signage and competitions:
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A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

Non-potable water from the Duck Pond is used to irrigate the Virginia Tech Golf Course.

Grey water is used in a flush system to wash down the Milking Barn at the Virginia Tech Dairy.


A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives (e.g. building retrofits):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This data pertains to the main campus at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA only.

The baseline calendar year of 2014 is compared to the performance year of calendar year 2016.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.