Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.65
Liaison Jennifer Bodine
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Weber State University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.09 / 5.00 Drew Hodge
Water Conservation Specialist
Facilities Management
"---" 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:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use --- 158,712,205 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 75,098,000 Gallons 65,806,247 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007

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

For consistency with STARS, WSU is using the baseline year of FY 2007. FY 2007 was chosen because the University became an ACUPCC signatory in that year and used that year as the baseline in the Climate Action Plan.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 834 475
Number of employees resident on-site 5 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 17,436 12,692
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1,866 1,516
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 7,034 1,828
Weighted campus users 9,410.75 9,403.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 7,980.02 Gallons 6,997.87 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
0

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 3,072,262 Gross Square Feet 2,469,079 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 24.44 Gallons / GSF 26.65 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
8.29

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
Yes

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 414 Acres 348 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 0 Gallons / Acre 456,069.55 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
---

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:

In 2016 WSU hired a full time Water Conservation Specialist. WSU has implemented a Water Warrior competition, a point based incentive program for WSU's landscapers to improve the irrigation and use less water.


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

Over 95% of WSU facilities are watered using non-potable water. Our water for irrigation is obtained from the PineView Reservoir, from Weber Basin, and partially from stormwater that runs off into the main campus pond.

The small areas that are still watered using culinary water are being xeriscaped.


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):

Low flow fixtures have been installed in all buildings renovated from 2009 to present. All new construction is required to have low flow fixtures and dual flush toilets. WSU plans to retrofit all other existing buildings on campus with low flow fixtures and dual flush toilets over the next several years.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

All secondary water data was from the 2018 season.

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.