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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 58.11
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 1, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Wesleyan University
OP-22: Water Use

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Jeff Murphy
Facilities Business Manager
Facilities/Physical Plant
"---" 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 75,099,200 Gallons 121,798,710 Gallons

Potable water use:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use 75,099,200 Gallons 121,798,710 Gallons

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year July 1, 2015 June 30, 2016
Baseline Year July 1, 2007 June 30, 2008

A brief description of when and why the water use baseline was adopted:
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Figures needed to determine "Weighted Campus Users":
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,921 2,917
Number of employees resident on-site 45 59
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 3,574 2,917
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 1,023 999
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 0 0
Weighted campus users 4,189.25 3,681

Potable water use per weighted campus user:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per weighted campus user 17,926.65 Gallons 33,088.48 Gallons

Percentage reduction in potable water use per weighted campus user from baseline (0-100):
45.82

Gross floor area of building space:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross floor area 2,595,961 Gross Square Feet 2,586,446 Gross Square Feet

Potable water use per unit of floor area:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Potable water use per unit of floor area 28.93 Gallons / GSF 47.09 Gallons / GSF

Percentage reduction in potable water use per unit of floor area from baseline (0-100):
38.57

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 211 Acres 211 Acres

Total water use (potable + non-potable) per unit of vegetated grounds:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Total water use per unit of vegetated grounds 355,920.38 Gallons / Acre 577,245.07 Gallons / Acre

Percentage reduction in total water use per unit of vegetated grounds from baseline (0-100):
38.34

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 permaculture garden site in West College Courtyard has a rainwater catchment systems, which is used to supply water to the garden.


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):

Wesleyan has a stated and demonstrated commitment to conserve water. In 2008, Wesleyan installed a pool cover for the main indoor pool to prevent energy loss and evaporation when the pool is not in use. In 2011, Wesleyan replaced high flow toilets, flush valves on toilets and urinals, and faucets with low flow units, reducing consumption by 13,100,000 gallons (17,565 CCF) annually.


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.