Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.10
Liaison Kimberly Hodge
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.93 / 4.00 Brendan Perry
University Engineer
University Facilities
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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 to Medium

Total water withdrawal (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal 36,581,112.05 Gallons 37,054,334 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 29,938,924.05 Gallons 35,587,180 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2018 June 30, 2019
Baseline Period July 1, 2010 June 30, 2011

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

Baseline data is from FY2010/2011 and is being used because it the start of a new sustainability effort on campus.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 949 1,086
Number of employees resident on-site 58 31
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,220 2,172
Full-time equivalent of employees 918 761
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 2,605.25 2,479

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 11,491.77 Gallons 14,355.46 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
19.95

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,306,175 Gross Square Feet 2,306,175 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 12.98 Gallons / GSF 15.43 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
15.87

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 118 Acres 40 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 310,009.42 Gallons / Acre 926,358.35 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
66.53

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

Every year the Energy Specialists speak to all new RAs and give a presentation on reducing water use. They also hang posters in all residence halls with water conservation tips.

In the 2017/2018 school year, The Office of Sustainability and Energy Specialists coordinated a "move-in" open house with informative signs and discussion about how to reduce water usage while living on campus. The open house was very well attended.


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

The only rain harvesting Washington and Lee conducts is collecting rainwater on top of the cooling towers and dropping it into the sump. There is no harvested water used for irrigation yet.


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

Shower heads across campus were replaced with low flow shower heads. Low flow plumbing fixtures are now the University's standard moving forward on construction/renovation projects.


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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