Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.69
Liaison Barbara Kviz
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
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Carnegie Mellon University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Martin Altschul
University Engineer
Facilities Management Services
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

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

Carnegie Mellon University follows all local, state and federal storm water management regulations. More information can be found here http://www.3riverswetweather.org/

In addition, all new buildings and large renovation projects are required to meet LEED Silver rating.
The following is a list of all storm water management strategies implemented on campus:
2005 CIC 6,000 gallon tank, water used for toilets & irrigation.
2009 Gates & Hillman 10,000 gal cistern used in conjunction with a grey water system in the building
2010 GSIA West Addition 3,500 gal infiltration trench
2010 Warner Plaza rain garden - doubled permeable surface
2014 Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall - rain garden
2015 Neville Parking lot - added 24,000 gal cistern
2016 Heinz expansion 3000 gal cistern
2016 Cohon University Center addition 45,000 gal rain garden
2016 Scott Hall / Mall 275,000 gal cistern
2017 Fifth & Clyde 5,700 gal infiltration trench
2018 Tepper Quad 127,000 gal cistern


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:

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to reducing rainwater runoff from coming to its campus from surrounding areas and to reduce the runoff from its own buildings, to protect flooding inside its campus buildings. Since 2009 we have experienced a 100-year flood twice, and have made several infrastructure upgrades to reduce flooding.
Since 2009 the University has implemented 488,200 gal of storm water structures and have an additional 36,5000 gal structures in construction.
We are also working with a surrounding community coalition to reduce water runoff.

The Simonds Principles were adopted by our Board of Trustees in 2013.
https://www.cmu.edu/cdfd/simonds-principles/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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