Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Todd Holland
Projects and Operations Manager
Facilities & Grounds
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
No written policies, plans or guidelines, but green infrastructure and LID practices are used

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

Although not a written policy, the College is implementing stormwater runoff reduction strategies in all new construction. The LEED Gold certified Ken Burns Wing directs stormwater into the ground for recharging..

The RW Kern Center, opened April 2015, contains and treats all stormwater and waste water on site. Roof runoff is collected in two cisterns and treated for drinking water. The new building’s swales, rain gardens, and constructed wetlands ensure zero runoff.

Part of the project re-routed one of the major campus roads and removed a large traffic circle and parking area from the heart of campus. This was a significant reduction of impermeable paved area.


A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
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A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The conversion of nine acres of lawn to meadow was detailed in OP-9.

This video features the meadows project: https://youtu.be/gXeC5wTXVn8

More on the rainwater harvest system at the RW Kern Center: https://livingbuilding.kendedafund.org/2017/07/14/r-w-kern-center-uv-rainwater-treatment/

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