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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 66.20
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v1.2

George Washington University
OP-22: Water Consumption

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.64 / 7.00 Doug Spengel
Manager, Energy and Environment Program
Operations
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Water consumption, 2005 baseline year:
284,475,136.90 Gallons

Water consumption, performance year :
276,983,664.30 Gallons

List the start and end dates of the water consumption performance year:
July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013

On-campus residents, 2005:
6,885

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
12,735

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, 2005:
7,614

On-campus residents, performance year:
7,511

Non-residential/commuter full-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
14,303

Non-residential/commuter part-time students, faculty, and staff members, performance year:
8,056

Time period for weighted campus user (list the consecutive 12 month period that most closely overlaps with water consumption performance year):
July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012

Indication of whether institution has a stated commitment to water use reduction goals:
Yes

A brief description of the plan of action to achieve water use reduction goals:

GW is committed to reducing its potable water footprint and negative impact on our watershed. On Earth Day 2011, GW revealed its water footprint and announced its targets around water sustainability. The GWater Plan is one of the most comprehensive plans for water sustainability issued by a university, with eight clear goals and targets spanning across four major focus areas – potable water, rainfall capture, wastewater and bottled water.
Potable Water: Reduce total potable water consumption by 25% over 10 years from FY08 baseline

Adapt water saving infrastructure in campus facilities
Reuse all retained stormwater for greywater systems, cooling towers and irrigation by 2021
Encourage water conservation through programs such as Eco-Challenge and the Green Office Program

Rainfall Capture: Capture rainwater that falls on our campus -- zero run-off

Increase permeable space by 10% over 10 years from FY11 baseline
Pilot new technologies to harvest rainwater
Create rainfall capture &sequestration sites around campus

Wastewater: Reduce the amount of contaminants going into our campus waste water system -- zero pollution

Educate GW community on impacts of litter on our watershed
Promote responsible disposal of pharmaceuticals and other pollutants
Partner with local organizations that protect the surrounding watershed

Bottled Water: Reduce the use of bottled water on campus

Reduce direct expenditure on bottled water in university procurement by half over five years from FY11 baseline
Ensure all new constructions incorporate in-line filtration systems
Engage GW community to 'Take back the tap' and promote the use of reusable water bottles

GW has launched the Eco Building Program as a means for reaching water and GHG goals. The Eco Building Program provides a comprehensive capital improvement plan to strategically implement energy and water conservation projects in campus buildings. Implementation of this program will result in a reduction of energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and will produce short-term and long-term financial savings.


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

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.