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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 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 5.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development Services
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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 9,323,072 Gallons 6,711,804 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 9,323,072 Gallons 6,711,804 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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

2005 is Seattle Colleges baseline year for GHG emissions and all sustainability indicators when possible to be consistent.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 0 0
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,827.50 3,728.50
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 560.20 491.30
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 114.70 55.10
Weighted campus users 3,204.75 3,123.53

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 2,909.14 Gallons 2,148.79 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 653,167 Gross Square Feet 501,164 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 14.27 Gallons / GSF 13.39 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 32 Acres 32 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 291,346 Gallons / Acre 209,743.88 Gallons / Acre

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

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:

Water efficiency practices are included in the Best Practices brochures, which are given out during tabling events. Eco-Challenge in October promotes best sustainability practices, including water conservation. Roof water collection for toilet flushing in the HSSR LEED Gold building includes signage. There are total 8 stations of water filling bottle through out campus, reduce greatly the amount of plastic water bottle waste going to landfill.


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

The OCE&E Building which is LEED Gold certified, incorporate a rainwater collection system on the roof, that routes to a cistern, and subsequently supplies flushing toilets within the HSSR building.


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):

A small number of toilets on campus are sensored activated. Two waterless urinals are installed in the men's bathroom in the Arts and Science buidling. They are manufactured for by the Falcon Water-free technologies.


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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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.