Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date Aug. 24, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Warren Wilson College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Alison Climo
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Institutional Effectiveness
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 16,467,616 Gallons 14,203,226 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 16,377,101 Gallons 14,203,226 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 742 700
Number of residential employees 70 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 916 830
Full-time equivalent of employees 232 215
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 671,331 Square Feet 671,331 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 300 Acres 300 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 July 1, 2015
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 July 1, 2007

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

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
0 Gallons

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

EcoDorm harvests rainwater from its roof and stores it in a 10,000 gallon underground railroad car. This water is used for toilets in the dorm as well as watering the garden in front of the dorm. Since the dorm opened in 2003, all toilet flushes and irrigation needs have been met with reclaimed rainwater

All irrigation water used in the campus garden is directly from untreated water.

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

Buildings which are metered use analog meters with digital capabilities.

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

Every dorm on campus has been retrofitted with water more efficient water heads.

A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

Most academic buildings have zero flush Urinals.

A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

The school does not use traditional xeriscape landscaping techniques as those are traditionally used in arid regions, and we are located in a temperate rainforest. We do, however, replace turf grass with native grasses on campus in as many locations as possible. These grasses are not watered and are well-suited for this regions climate, so they are quite drought-tolerant in this area.

A brief description of any weather-informed irrigation technologies employed by the institution:

We only need to irrigate during extreme drought conditions given that we receive over 50 inches of rain annually.

A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

The college minimizes lawn spaces that require watering by growing wild grasses.

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

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