Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Andrea Russell
Sustainability Coordinator and Community Energy Center Program Manager
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

From the Sustainable Building Policy: Available at http://www.coa.edu/live/files/69-sustainable-building-policy
"New building spaces must incorporate designs for gray water and nontoxic rainwater collection systems whenever possible."

From the Rainwater Management Initiatives: Available at http://www.coa.edu/live/files/160-rainwater-management
Parking areas are graveled to allow water infiltration; driveways are paved to facilitate snow removal.
Parking is concentrated along Route 3 rather than throughout campus to avoid new parking lot construction. The interior of campus is pedestrian- and bike-friendly.
The college employs a landscape architect as needed to design plantings, lawns, and walkways to include natural materials and avoid impervious surfaces.
The college retained a small wetland area to serve as a stormwater runoff holding area.
The college maintains a wide undisturbed vegetative buffer along our ocean frontage as required by the State of Maine/Town of Bar Harbor Shoreland Zoning ordinance. This helps filter runoff from nearby lawns.
The college maintains natural undisturbed forested areas on campus for stormwater control, wildlife, and aesthetic benefits. Over 30 acres of our 38 acre campus is grass, trees, and other landscape plantings.

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:

We maintain a vegetated buffer, as required by state and municipal law, along our frontage on the Atlantic Ocean. We also keep a vegetated buffer on both sides of the stream that flows through our campus. Our campus has extensive lawns and landscape plantings that absorb water runoff. We don't have any storm drains that empty into water bodies.

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.