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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 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Missouri
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.43 / 4.00 Steve Joos
Senior Finance and Accounting Manager
Energy Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Level of water risk for the institution’s main campus:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 308,520,500 Gallons 349,950,000 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 308,520,500 Gallons 349,950,000 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 6,893 6,279
Number of residential employees 18 18
Number of in-patient hospital beds 5 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 30,865 25,089
Full-time equivalent of employees 9,071.90 8,665.10
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 1,786 1,259.10

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 14,178,920 Square Feet 13,146,549 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 978 Acres 978 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2012 June 30, 2013
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

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

Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:

Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year:

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

The MU Power Plant began using recycled waste water from the plant's water treatment system to supplement the plant's cooling water system.
Also H. Palmer Professor and former chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University is teaching and doing research in environmental engineering and water quality with application to water reuse and management of contaminated sediments.

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

The University of Missouri has a system in place which meters water usage of every building on campus.

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

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

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


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


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

The website URL where information about the institution’s water conservation and efficiency initiatives is available:

2005 Water Consumption obtained from data used on the University of Missouri-Columbia Sustainability Green Report Card:
**refer to the "Water Management" heading located under the "GREEN BUILDING" section.**

Performance Year Water Consumption obtained from the Climate Action Plan Update 2013:
Future plan see 06 in : http://masterplan.missouri.edu/master_plan.html

Student Body and Employee information was derived from the Department of Institutional Research: http://ir.missouri.edu/data-set/

The 2005 student figures can be found at: http://ir.missouri.edu/data-set/CDS_0506.pdf
*see pages 2 and 15*

See page 32 of the Climate Action Plan for a description of water reduction. http://www.cf.missouri.edu/masterplan/images/cap/cap_web.pdf

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.