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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 60.07
Liaison Mark Klapatch
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.42 / 4.00 Timothy Thum
Senior Engineer
Facilities Mgmt.
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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:
Low

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 31,748,000 Gallons 42,129,500 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 27,223,000 Gallons 38,914,000 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year Jan. 1, 2016 Dec. 31, 2016
Baseline Year Jan. 1, 2005 Dec. 31, 2005

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

The baseline was established in 2005 as part of State Executive Order 145 for energy reduction goals.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,403 2,322
Number of employees resident on-site 7.50 8.50
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 6,447.90 7,192.12
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 596.75 675
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 120.75 51.17
Weighted campus users 5,795.55 6,444.59

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 4,697.22 Gallons 6,038.25 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline:
22.21

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,197,037 Gross Square Feet 1,863,536 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 12.39 Gallons / GSF 20.88 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline:
40.66

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 166 Acres 166 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 191,253.01 Gallons / Acre 253,792.17 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline:
24.64

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 baseline was established in 2005 as part of State Executive Order 145 for energy reduction goals.


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):

Reduced water usage is always considered when doing major projects that include new or replacement plumbing systems. Recent projects include replacement of plumbing systems in Johnson Hall (high efficiency fixtures) and construction of Ames Residence Hall (LEED Gold Rating).

The University center has dual-flush valves on all toilets as well as the EcoCubes used on all urinals reducing to 3 flushes per day. https://www.uwrf.edu/UniversityCenter/Sustainability/Environmental.cfm


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.