Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.44
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
OP-21: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.67 / 4.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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 34,447,000 Gallons 87,995,000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 34,447,000 Gallons 87,995,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Period July 1, 2020 June 30, 2021
Baseline Period July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015

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

2014/15 is the earliest year for which data are available in a form consistent with most recent 2020-21 data. The consistency is the inclusion of water use in four University Student Housing (USH) residence halls; previously such use had been charged separately and not included in WCU water use statistics.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 581 4,813
Number of employees resident on-site 10 10
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 16,750.90 11,561
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,646 1,621
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 13,743 0
Weighted campus users 3,638.18 11,092.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 9,468.21 Gallons 7,933.02 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 3,984,618 Gross Square Feet 3,398,494 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 8.64 Gallons / GSF 25.89 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
66.61

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 307 Acres 307 Acres

Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds 112,205.21 Gallons / Acre 286,628.66 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water withdrawal per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
60.85

A brief description of the institution's water-related behavior change initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:
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A brief description of the institution's initiatives to replace plumbing fixtures, fittings, appliances, equipment, and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
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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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Data prior to 2014 does not include water consumption from several major affiliated residence halls which are, in FY 2018, billed along with the rest of the university. This therefore reflects and undercount in our baseline year, for which we do not currently have the data. In addition, for most of FY 2017 and FY 2018 a major leak in our district geothermal system accounted for millions of gallons of additional water use required to replenish the system. That leak was identified and sealed in the winter of 2017-18 and future water use should reflect significant reductions.

Data Provided by:
(2020 FTE Employees) Evette Bowman, (ebowman@wcupa.edu) Office of Institutional Research
Data Source: (Water Quantities) PASSHE Utility Usage Report FY2021
Data Entry: Lois Howell 1-Feb-22

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