Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.33
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2024

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Robert Bland
Sr. Director
Energy & Sustainability
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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:
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.

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:
https://sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/campus-initiatives/land-water/our-water The University is evaluating enhanced phosphorus removal designs for all new storm water projects. A new stormwater management design standard is being created for the University in response to increased needs for nutrient removal and tightening regulatory requirements. The university allows design consultants to choose what practice fits the site. There is currently no requirement for using green infrastructure, but bioretention is usually used. Green roofs are strongly discouraged. Almost all roof tops are slated for solar instead.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
reviewed by K.Bugis 1/3/2024

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