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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 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Wells College
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 5.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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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:
Medium to High

Total water use (potable and non-potable combined):
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use 12,603,100 Gallons 12,756,900 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 12,603,100 Gallons 12,756,900 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. 31, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014

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

The Office Manager for B&G was able to readily access monthly water meter readings for all of 2014, so that is the baseline we used. It was interesting to chart what, if any difference, bringing Zabriskie Hall back into service made on water use. Before October 2015, the building was not in service and being renovated with low-flow faucets and toilets.


Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 480 495
Number of employees resident on-site 4 1
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 510 525
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 171 168
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 631.75 643.75

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 19,949.51 Gallons 19,816.54 Gallons

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

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 577,747 Gross Square Feet 549,547 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 21.81 Gallons / GSF 23.21 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline (0-100):
6.03

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 78.30 Acres 78.30 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 160,959.13 Gallons / Acre 162,923.37 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline (0-100):
1.21

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:

We provide all new members of the campus community with a Sustainability Guide, including information on water conservation in offices and residence hall settings. We provide Be Water Wise placards in all bathrooms in all academic/administrative buildings to encourage water conservation. We also periodically include water conservation strategies in our Installments mini-newsletters that are placed in all bathroom stalls in all campus buildings.


A brief description of the institution's water recovery and reuse initiatives:

We do not have any water recovery/reuse systems currently in place.


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):

For major renovations and new construction project, the College specified the installation of Water Sense certified low-flow faucets and 1.5 gpm toilets. As older fixtures require replacement in other buildings, the College has standardized on Water Sense certified low-flow faucets, shower heads and low-flush toilets.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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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.