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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 51.50
Liaison Molly Johnson
Submission Date Aug. 6, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The New School
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.52 / 5.00 Erik Eibert
Assistant Director for Sustainable Initiatives
Facilities Management, Design & Construction
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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 40,221,421 Gallons 41,959,956 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 40,221,421 Gallons 41,959,956 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2016 July 1, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2014 July 1, 2015

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

FY2015 was resolved to be a universal baseline for energy, water and waste infrormation. There are several reasons- first, while data exists prior to this period, an engineer was hired in FY2015 to manage data tracking, so the quality is known to be high. Second, this was the first year of publishing an annual sustainability report, which fully details this data, trends, and supporting projects.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 1,956 1,754
Number of employees resident on-site 8 6
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 52 47
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 9,202 9,266
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 2,008 1,927
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 177 221
Weighted campus users 8,817.75 8,716

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 4,561.42 Gallons 4,814.13 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
5.25

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 1,367,336 Gross Square Feet 1,367,336 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 29.42 Gallons / GSF 30.69 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
4.14

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 --- ---

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds --- ---

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
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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:

Promoting increased awareness through outreach and standard literature distributed to studentsand and staff


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

Largest building on campus (365k.sq.ft./1.4M) has a blackwater and greywater recycling plant, in addition to a green roof and rainwater holding tank. Mechanical system metering is underway to better track and detect leaks in mechanical equipment.


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):

We are upgrading water fixtures (faucets, water closets, etc.) with low-flow water-sense models. We have completed three upgrade projects in large buildings (making up around 250k.sq.ft.) during the past two years, includin a dormitory. There are general plans to continue these retrofits throughout the remaining campus.


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.