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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 51.92
Liaison Jonathan Lantz-Trissel
Submission Date July 26, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Mennonite University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 5.00 Ed Lehman
Director
Facilities Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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 13,857,000 Gallons 9,596,000 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 11,857,000 Gallons 9,596,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2009 June 30, 2010

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

Same baseline as in energy and climate sections and in our Climate Action Plan.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 585 579
Number of employees resident on-site 6 5
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 7 7
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 1,465 1,243
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 394 331
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 9 7
Weighted campus users 1,542.25 1,328.25

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 7,688.12 Gallons 7,224.54 Gallons

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

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 629,977 Gross Square Feet 631,867 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 18.82 Gallons / GSF 15.19 Gallons / GSF

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

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in total water use per acre/hectare of vegetated grounds):
No

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds --- ---

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds --- ---

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

Student mini-grant program funded shower timers in several dorms.


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

100,000 stormwater retention cistern collects stormwater from approx. 15 acres of campus watershed and is pumped to irrigate four athletic fields across campus.


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):

The the past year EMU signed on to a large performance contract that included replacing flush valves in toilets and sink faucets to water wise fixtures across 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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estimated 200,000 gallons of irrigation for athletic fields from stormwater irrigation cistern in performance year (cistern wasn't built in 2010).

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.