Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.09
Liaison Lissette Hernandez
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2017
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Florida International University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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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:

FIU's building policy requires that all new construction meet a minimum of LEED Silver Certification. LEED BD+C addresses rainwater management in a credit. This credit aims to reduce runoff volume and improve water quality by replicating the natural hydrology and water balance of the site, based on historical conditions and undeveloped ecosystems in the region. The LEED process also addresses water run-off during construction in a prerequisite credit that aims to reduce pollution from construction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation, and airborne dust.

FIU aims to meet these credits in the LEED rating system to achieve maximum points possible. In addition, FIU adheres to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This requires development of EPA Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for construction projects site area greater than 1 acre. FIU adheres to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). FDEP is responsible for issuing permits and performing compliance and enforcement activities as the NPDES permitting authority in Florida.

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 Campus Master Plan specifically address management of stormwater in Element 16 Landscape Design Guidelines

Policy 1.1.10 Improve the integration of existing and new storm water retention areas as landscape enhancement elements.

Policy 1.8.4 New projects and major renovations should be seen as opportunities to utilize new pervious paving. The use of pervious pavers in appropriate locations, such as courtyards, plazas and service drives to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality is encouraged. All materials shall comply with universal accessibility requirements.


Additionally, stormwater management is addressed in all construction in adherence to a LEED Silver minimum as stipulated by the Campus Master Plan in Element 15 Architectural Design Guidelines.


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