Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.08
Liaison Andrew McMahan
Submission Date June 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Central Carolina Community College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Phillip Price
Vice President for Administrative Services
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Does the institution use Low Impact Development (LID) practices as a matter of policy or standard practice to reduce rainwater/stormwater runoff volume and improve outgoing water quality for new construction, major renovation, and other projects?:

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:

The college has committed to designing and constructing LEED accredited buildings meeting stringent standards for managing stormwater runoff. The two most recent major construction projects at the college each included multiple buildings and both earned LEED credits for Stormwater Management.
Historically, the college has met the requirements and regulations of North Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Resources as applied to all college construction projects. The college maintains the retention ponds and other fixtures as stipulated by state and federal regulation.

Has the institution adopted a rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, or strategies that mitigate the rainwater runoff impacts of ongoing campus operations through the use of green infrastructure? :

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:

Bio-swales, plants, and rip rap have been strategically placed to allow storm water to flow without causing erosion. Bio-retention ponds collect this rainwater and provides a habitat for local flora and fauna. Erosion control gutter chains are used to disperse rooftop runoff. Paving stones are used to limit impermeable surfaces as much as possible.

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

The living roof was installed in 2010 on the Sustainability Technologies class and lab building. The roof covers over 50% of the 18,000 sq foot building

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

The College installed a major sidewalk, dining patio , entrance area and student activity courtyard around and between two buildings on the Pittsboro campus using paving stones allowing surface rain water to penetrate the surface and saturate into the soil below.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

Two retention ponds on the Pittsboro campus capture excessive amounts of storm water from parking lot storm water runoff. Water from the retention ponds is filtered naturally then via ultraviolet light before non potable water re-use in the library.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

The waste water treatment system at the Pittsboro site uses the vegetated swales as a part of the rain water retention and water treatment process.

A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

The Pittsboro LEED Sustainability Technologies classroom building and the adjacent LEED library share a water recycling system that recaptures almost all water used on site including storm water and all sewage water. The recycled water makes water for the water cooled chiller as well as for toilet flushing and irrigation.

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:

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