Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
OP-22: 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, Colgate is in the process of implementing a new Landscape Plan and the Bicentennial Landscape Project that already resulted in the planting of over 300 campus trees. https://www.colgate.edu/news/stories/landscape-plan-and-bicentennial-landscape-project. The project is focused on water management and native tree 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 a new Landscape Plan and Bicentennial Landscape Project. These plans fully incorporate principles of sustainability with special attention to rainwater management and restoration of our natural watershed. In particular, the Landscape Plan has already: 1) removed acres of mowed lawn and replaced that with native vegetation that reduces runoff and provides ecological habitat and services, and 2) future plans are looking to restore a ravine connecting upper campus from middle campus to restore natural water flow and reduce flooding. This project will restore the natural watershed, improve water quality, and use Taylor Lake as a storm-water basin.

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