Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.99
Liaison Eric Meliton
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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STARS v2.0

Wilfrid Laurier University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Cannot find Position anymore
Coordinator, Energy Management
Physical Resources
"---" 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 140,232.93 Cubic meters 187,869.91 Cubic meters

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 139,937.67 Cubic meters 187,864.40 Cubic meters

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 3,480 1,933
Number of residential employees 0 0
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 17,937 14,767
Full-time equivalent of employees 2,951 1,986
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 961 740

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 253,254.88 Square meters 212,981.89 Square meters

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 4.05 Hectares 6.07 Hectares

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2009 Dec. 31, 2009

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

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

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

Laurier uses a 37,000 litre rain water harvesting system to water plant material on campus and has also recently installed a 2350 litre system that is also used for irrigation.

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

75% of the Laurier campus is equipped with water metering. The Brantford campus and a few buildings in Waterloo and Kitchener have yet to be equipped with this metering system. The system works by the water meter sending pulse outputs to the Schneider Advantys Remote I/O modules and the information being brought back into the central Schneider system.

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

Laurier installed all new, efficient fixtures in our students union building, including automatic dryers and faucets and waterless urinals.

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

We have sustainable design guidelines that include efficient fixtures.

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

All landscape upgrades at the Waterloo campus utilize drought tolerant and low maintenance plants. The purpose is to increase the aesthetic look of the campus while decreasing the amount of fuel used to run the equipment which maintains the plant material whether that be for watering, pruning, etc.

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

Laurier uses an Irrigation Central Control for the campus which monitors the operation of the system and controls water based on weather conditions. The system also provides historical data to allow analysis and reporting of what ran when, how much water was used, and field problems.

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

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

*Baseline is 2009, performance year is 2012
*Water consumption

*Baseline is 2009, performance year is 2012
*Water consumption

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