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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 Kimberly Williams
Submission Date May 14, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

George Washington University
SD-13: Water Initiatives

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Ronda Chapman-Duer
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Division of Operations
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Is there is a ban or restriction on selling or distributing bottled water on campus? :
No

Provide a brief description of any bottled water ban or restriction :
See below

Does the institution meter any of its non-potable water usage? :
Yes

The percentage of urinals on campus that are waterless :
0

In 2011, GW released the GWater Plan, a roadmap for water sustainability. GW committed to reducing the use of bottled water on campus, and specifically to reducing direct expenditure on bottled water in university procurement by half over five years from an FY11 baseline. To accomplish this, GW is ensuring that all new construction and renovations incorporate in-line filtration systems. Additionally, GW works on engagement and education activities to encourage the community to “Take back the tap” and promote the use of reusable water bottles. Progress includes installation of filters on water fountains in the law school, installation of two bottle fillers on the Mount Vernon Campus, and numerous installations of in-line filtration systems in offices. GW continues to explore new technologies and is working on an overall campus retrofit plan for water fixtures including toilets and urinals to meet its target of reducing total potable water consumption by 25% over 10 years from FY08 baseline.

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.