Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.19
Liaison Emma Blandford
Submission Date March 2, 2021

STARS v2.2

Georgia Institute of Technology
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Anne Rogers
Sustainability Program & Portfolio Manager
Office of Campus 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:
Georgia Tech’s commitment for Low Impact Development (LID) practices strives to achieve the optimal level of stormwater improvement with its main objective of reducing the storm-water footprint of the campus to that of 1950. In order to achieve this goal, Georgia Tech is implementing cisterns, infiltration systems, rain gardens, and green roofs. Currently, our new Undergraduate Learning Commons is a 220,000 gsf sustainability showcase which includes a lovely garden roof. In addition, porous paving is used in the walkways around Klaus Atrium Plaza, the Triangle area and the walkway through the Forest. Brick pavers are laid on sand base and crushed slate walkway at the Ajax Park. Furthermore, rain gardens have been installed in Klaus building, Boggs Chemistry building, behind laser lab, EBB/Eco-Common (under construction), and the Carbon Neutral Building. We have also implemented 1,406,000 gallons of cisterns to collect rainwater, condensate water, and stormwater runoff for reuse in smart irrigation and toilet flushing on campus.

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:
Georgia Tech’s stormwater master plan is meant to be a practical guide for the campus to further itself towards environmental sustainability. Its management policy includes goals, minimum ordinance requirements, and benefit/cost analysis guided the development of the stormwater management plan; additionally, a computer based stormwater model was developed to estimate runoff conditions for the various land use scenarios (i.e. Baseline, Existing, Future)and to test the effectiveness of proposed stormwater management alternatives for future conditions. Currently its main objective proposes to capture and reuse, infiltrate or evaporate the first 1.2” of rainfall. In addition, to treating stormwater as a resource to sustain the campus and reduce the use of potable water for nonpotable uses.

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