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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 58.72
Liaison Kelsey Smith
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of the Pacific
OP-26: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.86 / 3.00 Scott Heaton
Director
Support Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined)::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 143,031,320 Gallons 169,615,108 Gallons

Potable water use::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 64,399,808 Gallons 72,048,108 Gallons

Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users"::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of residential students 1,096 1,748
Number of residential employees 24 49
Number of in-patient hospital beds 0 0
Full-time equivalent enrollment 4,804 5,185.72
Full-time equivalent of employees 1,188.67 1,620
Full-time equivalent of distance education students 0 0

Gross floor area of building space::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,018,731 Square Feet 2,029,722 Square Feet

Area of vegetated grounds::
Performance Year Baseline Year
Vegetated grounds 58 Acres 58 Acres

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2015 Dec. 31, 2015
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2011 Dec. 31, 2011

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Water recycled/reused on campus, performance year:
106,000 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Recycled/reused water withdrawn from off-campus sources, performance year: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:

Calaveras River for lawn/sprinkler irrigation and reflecting ponds.
80% of the grounds are irrigated with non potable water.

Pacific has installed a water recycling system for the green house system that is projected to save about 106,000 gallons a year.


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

Pacific has five buildings serviced by California Water service Co. with building level water consumption meters. They are:
• President’s Residence
• Pacific House
• Anderson
• Manor House
• McConchie Hall
The rest of the campus is serviced by California Water Service Co. with campus level water consumption meters.
Their locations are:
• Pacific Ave. @ Knoles Way
• Pacific Ave. @ Brookside Road
• Pershing Ave. @ Larry Heller Drive


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

All new buildings and $1 million or more renovations must meet LEED Silver certification. Our location in California has Pacific very aware in regards to reducing water consumption.


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

Residence Hall remodels have included water efficient fixtures. Shower heads have changed from 2 gallon to 1.5 gallons and faucets from 2.2 gallons to 1 gallon. Whole residence halls are being converted to this building by building.

Pacific has done a variety of measures, including installing 1500 new water efficient spray heads that claim to save an average of 30% compared to standard spray heads. We have also began installing ACC controllers that allows us to run multiple stations at once and purchased an underground wire locator to speed up locating broken wires.


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

Every aspect in managing Pacific’s landscape is designed to encompass sustainability. The University of the Pacific ground’s department employs licensed and certified chemical applicators to ensure a safe environment for our students. We are focused on reducing landscape water usage through smart design known as xeriscaping. The campuses storm water run-off is closely monitored through the use of Bio filtering and other control measures required by (storm water pollution prevention plans) also known as SWPPP.

We have converted the following locations from irrigation systems to drip and bubblers emitters to reduce water use: John Muir botanical area, UC east entrance, President's house front yard, Organic Ted and Chris Robb Garden, East entrance to Weber Hall, Chapel rose garden, Pacific entrance rose garden, First Lady rose garden, Larry Heller rose garden, Pool rose garden, Physical plant rose gardens, Sigma Chi planters, Chamber Technology Center planters, Jeannette Powell Art Courtyard trees, WPC courtyard pots, and School of education east side pots.

We have also expanded our non-potable water system from 58% to 80%.


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

We have been monitoring the irrigation through a central control system for 5 years. We have six Evapotranspiration sensors/monitors. The Hunter IMMS system controls all irrigation clocks from a PC, allowing for remote access to change the amount of watering, immediately stop watering due to environmental conditions and more.


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

All new buildings have water efficient fixtures. Water efficient landscaping is increasingly used on campus. We follow the very stringent California codes. We have also put in our first Rainwater Harvesting system on our green house that will save thousands of gallons of water.

We have added bark to areas on campus to retain water, upgraded our onsite irrigation levee pump system, raised the height of our grass to three inches to reduce water consumption, installed six bio-swales for water retention,


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

Please note, the "Weighted Campus User" numbers reported in OP-26 are from the 2015 calendar year (1/1/2015 to 12/31/2015). Discrepancies between numbers in IC-3, OP-22 and OP-26 are due to using data from different time frames. See notes in each section for time frame clarifications.

For the performance year 2015 from Jan.-end of March the non-potable irrigation system was off-line for system up=grades. The beautiful Campus trees ,shrubs ,flowers and lawns still required irrigation ,and we used our potable water system for these purposes .In 2014 Jan.-March non-potable water usage was 10,239,910 gallons and we had a vehicle hit our 6” meter at Brookside Rd.. loosing @ 250,000gallons

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.