Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.95
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Jan. 16, 2020

STARS v2.2

East Carolina University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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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:

List of rain water cisterns at ECU:
a. Croatan – 10,000 gallons
b. Smith-Williams Center – 15,000 gallons
c. (2) Grounds Services – 5,000 gallons/each
d. Building 43 – 3,000 gallons
e. West Research Campus – 3,000 gallons
f. Main Campus Student Center - 13,000 gallons
g. North Recreation Complex - 15,000 gallons
h. (4) Coastal Studies Institute - 12,000 gallons/each

BMP’s on campus:
a. Constructed Wetland - Belk Parking Lot
b. Bioretention Area - Carol Belk
c. Bioretention Area - Rec Center
d. Bioretention Area - Umstead Hall
e. Bioretention Area - Croatan
f. Permeable Pavers and Tree Box - Jenkins Art
g. Permeable Pavers - Starbucks Parking Pad outside Brewster
h. Permeable Pavers - 14th Street parking lot
i. Permeable Pavers - Student Plaza Drive
j. Permeable Asphalt - Scott Hall
k. Wet Pond - Ross Hall
l. Wet Pond - West Grounds Complex
m. Wet Pond - Service Learning Center in Ahoskie
n. Wet Pond - Service Learning Center in Lumberton
o. Constructed Wetland - Service Learning Center in Brunswick
p. Stormwater Retention System - Main Campus Student Center
q. Sand Filter - Jones Courtyard
r. Bioswales - Jones Residence Hall

North Recreational Complex Ponds: These are retention ponds that collect the water from the roads, walks, parking lots and the fields. They are then used to irrigate the landscape at the complex, including the fields. It is on the IQ system to maximize water use.

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:

The ECU Sustainability Plan has an entire section dedicated to Campus Grounds. While the strategies proposed in this plan are not mandatory, the plan did get unanimous approval from the former Chancellor and his Executive Council when adopted in October 2018. Here are some examples of how the ECU Sustainability Plan addresses rainwater management:

Goal 2: Reduce reliance on potable water for irrigation and improve stormwater management.

Strategy 2.1: Install additional best management practices (BMPs) to
retain more stormwater and reduce runoff over the next five
years (2019-2023)

Strategy 2.3: Develop a rainwater management plan

Strategy 2.4: Strategically increase the number of IQ irrigation systems
on all campuses to reach 50 percent coverage area over the
next five years (2019-2023)

Strategy 2.5: Renovate existing parking spaces on campus using
sustainable materials and/or practices over the next five years

We are also in the process of updating our Construction Standards for the University and we will be creating standards for Stormwater Mitigation and Sediment and Erosion Control.

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

Data Source:

John Gill, Director of Grounds Services and Campus Landscape Architect

Eugene Stano, Grounds Manager and Campus Arborist

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