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Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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American University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Hannah Moskowitz
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

1. 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.
2. Green roofs now span 9 buildings.
3. A rain garden in front of the Kogod Building captures run-off rain water and uses a Bay Saver. A rain garden outside of the Centennial Parking garage captures runoff. Parking has been removed between Clark and Roper Halls and replaced with rain gardens. There is also a rain garden behind McKinley.
4. Pervious pavement is installed in a walk way on the main campus near Kay Spiritual Center.
5. A cistern in Cassell is used to collect water for irrigation.

A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

The university uses a variety of strategies to deal with rainwater on campus. The university has rain gardens, cisterns, and bioretention ponds in place to help manage rainwater. Additionally, the university attempts to reduce impermeable hardscape altogether and use pervious pavers when possible.
American University is committed to responsibility manager stormwater onsite in support of DC's and the Chesapeake Bay region goals.

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