Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.57
Liaison Noah Upchurch
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Catawba College
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Noah Upchurch
Senior Sustainability Specialist
Center for the Environment
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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:

The College has green infrastructure projects located across campus. In Abernathy Village and beside the Cannon Student Center, the College has stone sluices that reduce the speed of rainwater flows while directing it to catchment areas. The Center for the Environment Building has a rainwater recapture system and river-rock bed design that filters water into a 5,000-gallon cistern. The cistern collects water from the front and back of the building. This recaptured water is used to fill ponds and irrigate the plants in the Elizabeth Stanback Wildlife Garden.

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 College is committed to the responsible management of rainwater. Although we do not have a formal written policy for rainwater management, we have taken a number of important steps to restore the hydrology of the Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve so that it benefits the entire area where our campus is located. As noted above, we have installed a rainwater harvesting system at our Center for the Environment Building, the College's newest building, and intend to install similar systems in new construction in the future.

We realize we need to formalize these rainwater policies and intend to do so in the near future.

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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