Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.18
Liaison James Biesecker
Submission Date March 7, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Gettysburg College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 John Beauchamp
No Longer with the College
Facilities Services
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Does the institution use Low Impact Development (LID) practices as a matter of policy or standard practice to reduce rainwater/stormwater runoff volume and improve outgoing water quality for new construction, major renovation, and other projects?:

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:

Projects are designed to meet the Borough's 100 year flood plan.

Has the institution adopted a rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, or strategies that mitigate the rainwater runoff impacts of ongoing campus operations through the use of green infrastructure? :

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:

The college is in the process of installing rainwater/stormwater systems on campus to alleviate flooding concerns.We have currently installed 3 underground retention basins with a capacity of ?

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

The local performing and movie theater, owned and operated by Gettysburg College, is home to a 2,000 square foot green roof. A portion of the roof is covered with vegetation which reduces the buildings albedo, improves its stormwater runoff, reduces the heat inside the building, and reduces the carbon dioxide in the atmoshpere.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

We have installed one permeable parking lot.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

In 2014 a new rain garden was installed.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

A retention pond is located behind the science center. When the small stream on campus begins to overflow, water is diverted here instead.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

Our new athletic center drains all of the rainwater gathered on the rooftop underneath a campus parking lot to a 15,000 gallon cistern. This water is used for drought purposes only. If more than 15,000 gallons enters the cistern, it slowly moves towards a filtration system located under another parking lot.

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:

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