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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 Bronze
Overall Score 42.59
Liaison Jeffrey Clark
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.55 / 2.00 Jeff Clark
Professor
Geology
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Low

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 455,556.16 Gallons 400,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 254,108.01 Gallons 282,018 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,471 1,493
Number of residential employees 9 9
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 1,539 1,518
Full-time equivalent of employees 473 509
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,444,000 Square Feet 1,350,000 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 0.50 Acres 0.50 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Sept. 1, 2015 Aug. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Sept. 1, 2012 Aug. 31, 2013

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

Last STARS report submitted


Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
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A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

The campus garden collects rainwater for irrigation (although, due to the size of the garden, the majority of the water comes from a high-efficiency drip-irrigation system).
Detention areas use the physical features of the campus to store water. There are three detention areas on campus, one behind the Warch Campus Center, one at the end of Boldt Way and a third behind Hiett Hall and by the apiary.
There is also underground water storage under the Banta Bowl and it takes the water and runs it to the river. Only the new plants are watered on campus.


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

All campus buildings are individually metered for water use.


A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:
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A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:
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A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

It it current practice by Facility Services to use drought-resistant plants and xeriscaping methods.


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

Campus lawns and athletic fields are watered with remotely-programmable sensors to maximize efficiency and minimize evapotranspiration.


A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency 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.