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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 57.22
Liaison Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Southern Oregon University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 4.00 Roxane Beigel-Coryell
Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
"---" 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:
Low to Medium

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 86,066,256.62 Gallons 70,464,503.71 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 31,286,412.47 Gallons 15,812,217.36 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 July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

The baseline of Fiscal Year 2005 was selected because it was the first year that we had reliable records on file.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,068 1,008
Number of employees resident on-site 2 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 4,200 3,913.80
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 684 635
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 191 22.50
Weighted campus users 3,787.25 3,646.73

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 8,260.98 Gallons 4,336.00 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 1,934,747 Gross Square Feet 1,042,776 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 16.17 Gallons / GSF 15.16 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):
Yes

Area of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 150 Acres 153 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 573,775.04 Gallons / Acre 460,552.31 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:
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A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

SOU utilizes non-potable water (supplied by the Talent Irrigation District) for most of the irrigation on the Ashland Campus. The sources of the water for the Talent Irrigation District are Howard Prairie Lake, Hyatt Reservoir, Emigrant Lake, Keene Creek Reservoir, and Bear Creek and its tributaries. Potable water is only used on irrigation from November-April when the non-potable water from the Talent Irrigation District is not available.


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 university is continuously working to replace existing plumbing fixtures with high efficiency fixtures and fittings. All plumbing fixtures are replaced with low flow, high efficiency products.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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.