Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Justin MacDonald
Energy Manager
Office of 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:

Dalhousie recognizes the importance of managing water quality and quantity on campus. We are positioned in a climate that receives on average 125 mm of rain per month and our Halifax campuses are positioned in the urban center where water and sewage are combined. During periods of heavy rain, flooding, backups, and the release of sewage into the harbor are of concern. In an effort to reduce our impact on storm water infrastructure, Dalhousie has established storm water management guidelines to be considered during regular campus management, but also during campus development projects. Vegetated and non-vegetated solutions have been installed and more will be tied to future campus projects. In the last decade, Five rain gardens were implemented on the Halifax and AC campuses along with eight green roof systems on four newly constructed buildings along with three building rainwater cisterns for toilet flushing.

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:

Management for new development, vegetative solutions and non-vegetative solutions for storm water management are outlined in the Dalhousie Landscape design guidelines -


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

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