Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.06
Liaison Casey Meehan
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Western Technical College
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 8,546,737 Gallons 15,228,532 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 6,287,737 Gallons 15,228,532 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 200 97
Number of residential employees 11 4
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2,944 1,780
Full-time equivalent of employees 668 554
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 393.50 202

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 822,149 Square feet 619,762 Square feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 3.76 Acres 3.02 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2009 Dec. 31, 2009

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

The water use baseline is 2009 as that is also the baseline year within the scope of this report.

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
15,000 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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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:

As of 2015, a rain-barrel was installed and used in Western's Horticulture Center.

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

Most buildings are metered for potable and non-potable water. Used potable water must be sent to the sanitary sewer, whereas used non-potable water goes to the storm sewer.

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

During the $80 million referendum building projects, Western installed high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings in all new construction and retrofit projects.

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

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

Western makes an effort to plant native drought-resistant vegetation across campus.

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

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

Western has installed low-flow toilets and shower heads (where applicable) in all new construction and retrofits.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Thanks to the physical plant and sustainability department for providing this information.

Thanks to the physical plant and sustainability department for providing this information.

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