Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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STARS v1.0

American University
Tier2-5: Weather-Informed Irrigation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Emily Curley
Sustainability Coordinator
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Does the institution use weather data or weather sensors to automatically adjust irrigation practices?:

A brief description of how weather data or sensors are used:

The university has a weather station near the soccer field that sends daily reports to a central irrigation system, Maxicom, including rainfall, evapotranspiration rate (ET), temperature, wind, and other data. The Maxicom system adjusts the amount of water for irrigation based on this data. If there is something suspicious with the irrigation - (ex. excessive water flow in a certain zone) the system alerts a grounds operator who is dispatched to the field and to correct the issue (repair/replace flow heads, pipes, etc).

Additionally, rain cans are used to measure rain. Using these rain cans, irrigation can be completely turned off when there is sufficient rain fall. The system also takes plant types in the zones into consideration since plants have different water requirements. Additionally, visual observation by the grounds keeping crew helps identify problems and trigger corrective actions.

The School of International Service is landscaped to entirely eliminate the need for irrigation.

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