Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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Dickinson College
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

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

Dickinson Campus Master Plan and the Dickinson Landscape Design Guidelines have extensive sections on managing stormwater. See attached. General strategies include:
• Identify small-scale projects that have the potential to capture and divert existing run-off into landscape features designed for storage, conveyance and reuse. These retrofit opportunities can be made economically viable in conjunction with new buildings, building improvements or site improvement projects.
• Integrate stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s) like tree trenches, rain gardens, green roofs, cisterns, retention ponds, curb bump outs, bio-filtration swales, and pervious pavement into site and building design. These landscape features can be designed to discreetly fit within the urban landscape or integrated into planting areas.

The campus wide landscape design guidelines also include a strategy to convert lawn areas in parts of the campus into an ecological landscape using native plantings. This will help to reduce storm run-off from these areas and provide screening, ecological, aesthetic, and other intangible benefits to the campus.


A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
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A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

Stormwater management practices were written into the Campus Master Plan that was published in 2010. These were further developed in the Landscape Design Guidelines created in 2014. Stormwater management remains a priority for the College.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The purpose of the Landscape Management Guidelines, Landscape Management Plan and Campus Master Plans are to provide Dickinson College a flexible, yet unifying framework for the design and management of the landscape, including rainwater management.

This guidance aims to balance several goals from the various stakeholders:
• Honor the character-defining features of the historic Dickinson College Campus,
• Unify the aesthetic of the Campus through material choices, and
• Reflect the values of the College through design and management, including the College’s commitment to sustainability.

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