Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.98
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Howard Simmons
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

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

Water conservation and management is a primary consideration for all new construction, major renovation, and other projects. Absent other site-specific needs, HWS uses the USGBC’s LEED Water Efficiency credits as guidelines for water efficiency practices. The Finger Lakes Institute is the primary driver of campus storm water management strategies. In addition, the Colleges have deployed pilot installations of permeable pavement and green roofs.

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:

The Colleges minimize the impact of rainwater and stormwater whenever possible. On campus, Odell’s Pond serves as a temporary reservoir, allowing for stormwater to slowly distribute into a nearby wetland. The pond is located in one of the lowest elevations on campus, collecting stormwater from nearby roads, sidewalks, driveways, athletic playing surfaces, and other impermeable surfaces. It is part of a multi-step stormwater management system.

Newly renovated parking lots have incorporated green infrastructure such as bioswales, native vegetation and other techniques to reduce stormwater runoff and grey infrastructure.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The volume of rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution has not been calculated but there are five rain barrels installed on campus. Further, over 300 55-gallon rain barrels have been distributed to neighbors, lake association members, and organizations throughout the Finger Lakes.

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