Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
OP-22: 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’s Campus Master Plan and 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.

Dickinson is also working with the Borough of Carlisle (BOC) on storm water management initiatives on campus and in town, and we have already implemented a curb-extension bio-swale and retention project in alliance with BOC.

Dickinson’s commitment to achieving LEED certification for large renovations or new construction projects includes an assurance to improve water quality and implement best practices pertaining to storm water management. Our two most recent projects, being the Kline Fitness Center and the High Street Residence Hall, are perfect examples this, with bio-swales, native plantings and underground stormwater detention basins included in both projects.

The College’s 900-acre organic farm is also committed to storm water best management practices. They are working with the dairy farm to whom we lease another 97 adjacent acres to improve water runoff on their land. Our plan to install a bio-digestor to generate electricity from cow manure and college food waste will have a very positive impact on storm water impacts related to the dairy farm.

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:

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, and these plans are still active today.

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