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Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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American University
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Emily Curley
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

1. A cistern on the roof of the School of International Service (SIS) collects water for flushing toilets within the building.
2. Two bioretention ponds at SIS collect and slow stormwater runoff on either side of the building before filtering it and ultimately allowing excess water to enter the stormwater system through a Bay Saver.
3. The university currently has six green roofs. Two more are being installed in March 2011.
4. A rain garden in front of the Kogod Building captures run-off rain water and uses a Bay Saver
5. Pervious pavement is installed in a test area on the main campus near Kay Spiritual Center.
6. Curb cutting is being explored in order to reroute stormwater into landscape.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

American University has six green roofs: The Media Production Center, two on the School of International Service, two on the Kogod School of Business and one on the Katzen Arts Center parking structure and part of the building. Two more are scheduled for the Ward Circle Building and the Mary Graydon Center.


Does the institution have porous paving?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

A test is underway with porous paving near the Kay Spiritual Center.


Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

Two bioretention ponds flank the School of International Service.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

Four stone swales: two flanking School of International Service, one behind Roper Hall, and one in front of the Kogod School of Business.


Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

All four of the above also include vegetation.


Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
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A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

School of International Service building collects all rainwater from roof and stores in a cistern used as graywater (toilet flushing) in the building.


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