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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 Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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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 18,677,000 Gallons 35,903,100 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 12,239,000 Gallons 35,903,100 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2014 June 30, 2012
Baseline Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2007

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

Fiscal year 2007 was chosen because it was the first year BHSU measured its greenhouse gas emissions.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 848 736
Number of employees resident on-site 7 3
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 4 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,034 2,950
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 399 341
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 332.60 760
Weighted campus users 2,543.05 2,083

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 4,812.72 Gallons 17,236.25 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline (0-100):
72.08

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 816,630 Gross Square Feet 731,695 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 14.99 Gallons / GSF 49.07 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline (0-100):
69.46

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 123 Acres 123 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 151,845.53 Gallons / Acre 291,895.12 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline (0-100):
47.98

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 the past two year, BHSU has been concentrating efforts to manage irrigation efficiently.


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

The campus uses irrigation water instead of potable water for much of our irrigation needs.


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):

High efficiency plumbing fixtures have been installed on most buildings in campus.


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 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.