Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.69
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 8, 2013
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Cornell University
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Chris Bordlemay
Water/Wastewater Manager
Energy and Sustainability
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

Yes, In its current form, the program focuses on new development/redevelopment and proper operation and maintenance of stormwater management practices. The Cornell Comprehensive Master Plan addresses campus-wide stormwater management, and outlines the goals and approaches which include retrofitting existing development, where feasible.
At a minimum, Cornell's stormwater management efforts must comply with Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), and local municipal stormwater regulatory requirements.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

Several examples of living or vegetated (green) roofs at Cornell have been implemented pursuant to LEED initiatives and for stormwater managment benefits.


Does the institution have porous paving?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

Porous paving has been used for two parking lots. Where required, these practices were designed and constructed in accordance with the NYS Stormwater Management Design Manual.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29072.html


Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

Where applied or required, these practices were designed and constructed in accordance with the NYS Stormwater Management Design Manual.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29072.html


Does the institution have stone swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

Where required, these practices were designed and constructed in accordance with the NYS Stormwater Management Design Manual.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29072.html

In some cases, stone filter swales/drainage were voluntarily incorportated in parking lot and roadway redevelopment projects.


Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

Where applied or required, these practices were designed and constructed in accordance with the NYS Stormwater Management Design Manual.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29072.html


Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
Yes

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

Several other stormwater technologies and strategies have been used:
•bioretention systems
•subsurface filter chamber systems
•vegetated filter strips
•sediment settling forebays
•rain gardens


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