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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 Platinum
Overall Score 85.51
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date July 27, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of New Hampshire
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.58 / 5.00 Adam Kohler
Campus Energy Manager
Operations
"---" 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:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 140,538,792 Gallons 137,038,629 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 113,861,893 Gallons 121,092,867 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 June 30, 2017
Baseline Year July 1, 2004 June 30, 2005

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

The baseline year of 2005 was set by our STARS 2011 submission as 2005 was the required baseline year.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 7,396 6,274
Number of employees resident on-site 23 23
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 14,292 13,740.53
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 2,930 2,986.80
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 89 0
Weighted campus users 14,704.50 14,119.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 7,743.34 Gallons 8,576.14 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline (0-100):
9.71

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 6,607,433 Gross Square Feet 5,716,733 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 17.23 Gallons / GSF 21.18 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline (0-100):
18.65

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 395 Acres 395 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 355,794.41 Gallons / Acre 346,933.24 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:

The 2009 renovation of James Hall included a gray water system that captures rainwater from the building’s roof and gutters for use in toilets and urinals.

UNH typically does not install irrigation as part of building projects. IPM policies, including limited irrigation only where necessary, are followed.


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):

Where economically feasible, high efficiency fixtures and fittings are installed as buildings are renovated or new construction is developed.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Baseline year is 2005.

FTE enrollment numbers include credit and non-credit/continuing education students and are accurate as of Fall 2016

Water data are for FY2005 (through June 30, 2005) and FY17 (through June 30, 2017).

Potable water use excludes irrigation meters at the UNH Field House, agriculture and recreation fields, and outdoor pool and plant makeup.

UNH's co-generation heat and power plant uses cooling towers that use water as part of the process for generating heat and electricity. Therefore, not all of this water consumption is used by faculty, staff and students on campus directly.

Landscaping/irrigation contacts: Robert Bennett (UNH Facilities, (603) 862-9202, r.bennett@unh.edu) and Ronald Lavoie (UNH Facilities, (603) 608-9207, Ronald.Lavoie@unh.edu)

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.