Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.00
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date Dec. 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

Concordia University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Faisal Shennib
Environmental Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

All new construction and major renovations use the LEED principles as guidelines, which incorporates Low Impact Development practices. This is done even if no LEED certification is sought.

In addition, in the specifications of construction projects, a Sediment and Erosion Management Plan is created which includes requirements for reducing water runoffs.

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:

In 2018, Concordia started harvesting rainwater to irrigate grounds at the Loyola campus. The idea to switch water sources began when the university maintenance crew removed the garden hoses and sprinkler systems, instead using barrels of tap water in trucks to water the gardens. The Loyola Campus Property Manager Gerry Barrette decided harvesting rainwater would be a more effective system.

Rainwater is funnelled into six large barrels, filtered through a screen to remove debris and transferred to the back of a truck. The filtered rainwater then is attached to a pressurized hose used to water gardens and clean roads. According to Barrette, during heavy rainfall, the six barrels, each with a capacity of 250 gal of water, fill in approximately 2 hours. The rainwater harvesting system has not only decreased the university’s water consumption, but it also is time efficient and convenient.

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

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