Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.65
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Hope College
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Michelle Gibbs
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Hope employs a variety of initiatives to reduce stormwater runoff. The college utilizes permeable pavement throughout campus. The Grounds Department collects roof rain water in soaker catch basins instead of using the storm water system for this runoff. At the campus athletic fields, retention ponds and vegetative waterways surrounded by 6 ft. no mow zones are maintained instead of using drain tubes. This decreases the rate of water flow into creeks that drain into the nearby lake. All turf is cut at three inches in an effort to catch and slow water run off from those areas.
Hope College also has two green roofs on campus.
With each of our LEED projects we utilize recommendations for retention and filtering of storm water run-off on-site.
Ottawa County and the City of Holland have also recently initiated stricter regulations in terms of stormwater retention on site. https://ecode360.com/HO3221/laws/LF1078303.pdf
The college also works very closely with the Macatawa Area Watershed Project to implement best practices. http://www.the-macc.org/watershedproject/


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:

Hope employs a variety of initiatives to reduce stormwater runoff. The college utilizes permeable pavement throughout campus. The Grounds Department collects roof rain water in soaker catch basins instead of using the storm water system for this runoff. At the campus athletic fields, retention ponds and vegetative waterways surrounded by 6 ft. no mow zones are maintained instead of using drain tubes. This decreases the rate of water flow into creeks that drain into the nearby lake. All turf is cut at three inches in an effort to catch and slow water run off from those areas.


Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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