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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bard College
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.09 / 5.00 Dan Smith
Energy Efficiency Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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 40,374,062 Gallons 45,277,823 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 40,374,062 Gallons 45,277,823 Gallons

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:

Baseline year of 2009 is prior to install of new Water Treatment Plant (constructed from Jan 2010 to Jan 2011). Performance year 2015 has the most recent complete & accurate water consumption records.

Performance year values:
Student populations = FY2015/16 data
Fac/Staff populations = FY2015/16 data
Building square footage = FY2015/16 data


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,395 1,410
Number of employees resident on-site 32 39
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 40 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 2,110.50 1,662
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 983.50 590
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 2,717.25 2,051.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 14,858.43 Gallons 22,073.28 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
32.69

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,205,697 Gross Square Feet 1,155,993 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 33.49 Gallons / GSF 39.17 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
14.51

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 22,871,273 Acres 22,803,110 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 1.77 Gallons / Acre 1.99 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
11.10

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

We use water directly from the Sawkill River to irrigate plantings that supplements hoses - 80% of how we irrigate.


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):

When application allows, low- or no-flow fixtures and equipment are used.

-In 2011, Bard completed install of new water treatment facility, boosting water/energy efficiency significantly reducing is water consumption (in particular, reduced water needed for cleaning and back-washing of facility.
-In 2013, all urinals were replaced with waterless urinals.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The data inconsistency between IC2 Gross Floor Building Space and subsequent credits (OP1, OP3, OP5, and OP22) is due to the fact the IC2 values represent Bard as it exists in FY2016/17 at the time of STARS submission, and the Performance Year values are for FY2015/16 (i.e. the most recent and complete set of data, 1 full year, for GHG emissions and energy consumption). In particular, this is due to the purchase/addition of the Montgomery Place property to the Bard Campus in January 2016, when additional acreage and buildings were added.

IC2 “gross floor building space” is value for FY2016/17 = 1,248,230 ft2
(i.e. after purchase of Montgomery Place property).
Performance Year “gross floor building space” is value for FY2015/16 = 1,204,980 ft2 (i.e. before purchase of Montgomery Place property).

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.