Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.19
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2017
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Colgate University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:

Colgate has embarked on a watershed-level approach to storm-water management as specified in our 2014 Campus Master Plan. Additionally, we are in the process of completing an Upper Campus Master Landscaping Plan with a focus on water management and native plantings. At the building level, all new construction projects utilize retention ponds, porous surfaces in parking areas, minimize ecological impacts and utilize native vegetation.


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:

Colgate University's Board of Trustees recently approved our updated Campus Strategic and Master Plans. Both plans fully incorporate principles of sustainability with special attention to rainwater management and restoration of our natural watershed. In particular, the Campus Master Plan will: 1) remove acres of mowed lawn and replace that with a functional arboretum and native vegetation that reduces runoff and provides ecological habitat and services, and 2) separate Payne Creek from Taylor Lake (water systems located in the heart of campus) in an effort to restore the natural watershed, improve water quality, and use the lake as a storm-water basin. Colgate's 2013 Campus Master Plan represents a committed mix of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Both plans elevate sustainability as a core institutional strategy at Colgate in the years ahead. Colgate Master Plan: https://www.colgate.edu/docs/default-source/default-document-library/colgate-master-plan-final-report.pdf?sfvrsn=0


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