Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Stephen Ellis
Director, Data Analytics
BU Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
No written policies, plans or guidelines, but green infrastructure and LID practices are used

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

Stormwater runoff quantity and quality are addressed on a project by project basis. Stormwater is collected in underground cisterns then discharged over time to maintain the groundwater level. Additionally, bioswales are used when possible to reduce surface runoff and recharge the water table. The Medical Student Residence, completed in 2012, features rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation. URL: https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/projects/medical-student-residence/

The Yawkey Center for Student Services, which became operational in 2012, uses a ground and stormwater retention system. URL: https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/projects/yawkey-center-for-student-services/ New Balance Field employs rain harvesting technology and drip irrigation to water the landscaping surrounding the field. An underground rainwater tank, with a 15,000 gallon capacity, will capture and store rainwater to be used as needed. URL: https://www.bu.edu/sustainability/projects/water-conservation/

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:

BU is continuously identifying ways to save water throughout the campus. Here are just a few:

  • Harvest rainwater for landscape irrigation

  • Install rain sensors on irrigation systems

  • Use drip irrigation systems in planting beds

  • Install self-charging, hands-free sink faucets

  • Install dual-flush and sensor-based toilets

  • Eliminate dining hall trays

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

This represents FY2023 BU metrics.

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