Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.20
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 TJ Dowdell
Assistant Director
Facilities - Division of Operations
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) No
Bee Campus USA No
Demeter Biodynamic No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Yes
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE No

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:

In 2010 GW transformed a parking lot into a water reclamation park (“Square 80”) that offers a respite from the busy urban activity that surrounds it.

This unique water reclamation park captures and retains all water that falls on the site. It is the first rain garden on campus and it is planted with blue flag iris and sweet bay magnolia. The plaza includes a vegetated bioswale consisting of native grasses and groundcover. During heavy rain events, the bioswale acts as the adjacent rain garden's overflow, conveying water to an area drain and ultimately to underground cisterns for storage and reuse on site. Through a network of cisterns, tunnels, permeable surface, and rain barrels; this three-quarter acre site highlights the technological possibilities for managing stormwater.

The park includes educational signs to explain the various features and their significance.

The Square 80 Park was a participant in the SITES pilot program, and is certified under SITES.


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