|Submission Date||Jan. 17, 2014|
Loyola University Chicago
OP-27: Rainwater Management
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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:
Loyola has installed permeable pavers, drought-tolerant landscaping, rain-water collection cisterns, and living rooftops that all seek to reduce and divert stormwater run-off that otherwise would enter sewer systems, requiring energy-intensive cleaning and purification processes.
Our rain-water cisterns connect to Lake Michigan and feed back over 10 million gallons of water annually to the Great Lakes watershed.
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:
Our stormwater management strategy is mandated by Chicago Department of Water Management and includes greenroofs, infiltration systems, concrete restrictors and filters and an outfall to Lake Michigan
A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:
We have a cistern on the Institute of Environmental Sustainability. This is its first year so we have no performance data.
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:
We have a significant system for combined sewer and non-combined sewer sections of our campuses.
A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:
Loyola has more green roofs than any other university in the midwest including Quinlan LSB, Cuneo Hall, Damen Student Union, Klarchek Info. Commons, Mundelein Center,
A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:
Semi-permeable paving material is used on campus and semi-permeable artificial turf is used on Sean Earl Field inside the track, allowing rain-water to percolate into the ground.
A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:
We have disconnected the stormwater system of 2/3rds of the Lake Shore Campus.
A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:
Multiple along the lakefront.
A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:
On the lakefront of Lake Shore Campus are two retention ponds that receive water from the stormwater treatment system.
A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):
As part of the stormwater management on Lake Shore Campus, swales and retention gardens treat stormwater.
A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:
Rain water harvesting at Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Underground retention basins and infiltration.
The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
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