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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 65.69
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.67 / 4.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 72,024,172 Gallons 113,726,668 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 2,012 Gallons 2,005 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 2,619 2,561
Number of residential employees 7 7
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 2,869 2,811
Full-time equivalent of employees 950 946
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,201,316 Square Feet 2,012,751 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 345 Acres 395 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year June 1, 2004 May 31, 2005

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

Fiscal Year 2004-5 is the earliest year we have reliable data for.


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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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

We do collect stormwater run-off in rain barrels to assist with the irrigation of our 0.5 acre organic garden.


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

We have sub-metering for water on nearly all of our buildings connected to our main steam line and for all buildings off the main line.


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

In 2011-12, we replaced all showerheads on campus with low-flow models. We also install aerated faucets and low-flow toilets in all renovations and in some cases as part of general replacement.


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

In the summer of 2013, we replaced all washers and dryers on campus with water and energy efficient models.


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

All plants and trees used for campus landscaping are native and do not need irrigation.


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

N/A


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

Except for our golf course and a couple of athletic fields, we do not irrigate our grounds. We have a proposal to construct a retention pond so that all water for our golf course will come from non-potable sources.


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

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