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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.02 / 2.00 Indu Lnu
Energy Officer
Facilities Management
"---" 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 217,273,000 Gallons 236,290,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 217,273,000 Gallons 236,290,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 7,500 7,160
Number of residential employees 43 43
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 15,858 15,875
Full-time equivalent of employees 4,075 3,649
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 5,806,849 Square Feet 4,563,296 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 20 Acres 20 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2013 June 30, 2014
Baseline Year July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

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

The water use baseline is in line with the year prior to any sustainability related initiatives on campus and also complies with the baseline year set in the Copenhagen Accord.


Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
0 Gallons

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:
0 Gallons

A brief description of any water recovery and reuse systems employed by the institution:

none


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

All residential buildings are metered for water use. A water audit is currently being conducted as part of the Energy master plan to identify opportunities for water conservation and efficiency.


A brief description of any building retrofit practices employed by the institution, e.g. to install high efficiency plumbing fixtures and fittings:

The University continues to replace high flow rate faucets, showers and toilets with low flow fixtures. Automatic sensors are used where appropriate.


A brief description of any policies or programs employed by the institution to replace appliances, equipment and systems with water-efficient alternatives:

The UA High Performance Guidelines include water efficiency targets for all new construction and major rehab projects.


A brief description of any water-efficient landscape design practices employed by the institution (e.g. xeriscaping):

100% of the water for landscaping on uptown campus is from Indian pond, an on-site storm water retention pond.


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

none


A brief description of other water conservation and efficiency strategies employed by the institution:

none


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.