Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.02
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

Furman University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for 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:

On all new construction projects, Furman builds to LEED Silver standards, employing practices that reduce stormwater runoff rates in accordance with state and county regulations. There are numerous catch basins around Furman's campus that trap sediment, chemicals, and nutrients. Additionally, beginning with Furman's Lake Restoration Project in 2006, Furman utilizes soil and erosion control measures to reduce the amount of erosion that flows into Furman's Swan Lake, such as constructing rain gardens and planting native riparian buffer vegetation around the lake, structural grass pavement, porous concrete pavement, pervious brick pavement (with underdrain filtration), native plants, rainwater harvesting and storage for irrigation, bio-retention ponds and surfaces, detention ponds, grass filtration strips, buffers on both sides of Little Creek, and manufactured structures such as catch basin inserts, cyclone separators and offset bay separators. Additionally, the lake water is used for about 60% of Furman's irrigation and native species are encouraged to reduce irrigation needs.

The synthetic turf football field catches and slows the runoff rate, cleans the stormwater of sediment and does not require the use of nutrients that damage the environment.


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:

In addition to our Lake Restoration Project that began in 2006 and a commitment to LEED Sliver-level construction standards that includes LID practices, Furman also adheres to Greenville County Stormwater Management Design guidelines and permitting. This Manual was written to accomplish the following objectives:
Reduce stormwater adverse impacts on water quality; Reduce stormwater adverse impacts on water quantity;
Protect downstream areas from adverse stormwater quantity and quality impacts resulting from development;
Identification of what is required for stormwater plan submittal and plan reviews; and, Submittal of high quality stormwater design plans from the design community.


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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