Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.10
Liaison Jen Jones
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

College of Charleston
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Jen Jones
Center for Sustainable Development
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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 of Charleston main campus has five rainwater harvesting projects.

The first is a 1,000-gallon cistern installed at the Political Science building. The rainwater collected at this cistern is used to maintain an urban garden that is used by the Student Garden Club and to wash equipment as needed.

The Grounds department also has two additional rain barrels on their building. This rainwater is used to help propagate seedlings and other new plants. The fourth and fifth rainwater harvesting projects are located at the Communications and Historic Preservation buildings. Each of these buildings has a small rain barrel used to maintain landscaping.

In addition to rainwater harvesting projects, the College has an historic cistern in the center of campus that assists with campus stormwater management. The cistern was built in 1857 originally to provide water for fighting fires. Over the years, it has been retrofitted, but still provides significant stormwater catchment and can hold 40,000 gallons of water.

The College of Charleston’s Grice Marine Laboratory also features green infrastructure projects. The lab has a 1,550 gallon cistern that stores water from the roof of the building. The lab also features four rain barrels that capture additional rainwater from smaller structures. The water collected helps to irrigate around 800 square feet of raised garden beds. Grice Marine Laboratory also has a rain garden as part of their footprint.

In 2018, the College opened the doors to a newly renovated Rita Liddy Hollings Science Center. This building has a rainwater/condensate harvesting system, which stores and uses non-potable water for flushing toilets and urinals.

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:

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

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