Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
IN-15: Stormwater Modeling

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 MIT Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

A brief description of the institution’s stormwater modeling program and/or practices, including the methodologies and tools used:

MIT is in the process of modelling water quality and water quantity needs for both current and future climate conditions at the campus and city scales. The modelling is being integrated and coordinated with the MIT Sustainable Stormwater and Landscape Ecology planning process which includes a Phase 1 report, completed in Dec 2017. Furthermore, MIT's stormwater modelling is ntegrating precipitation-driven flood models for city streets adjacent to the MIT campus as modelled in the City of Cambridge Climate Vulnerability Assessment. A preliminary research study exploring MIT's stormwater flood risks, using the MIT Synthetic Tropical Cyclone Generator, has provided a range of future precipitation totals for the Cambridge, Massachusetts region in order to inform probable current and future stormwater conditions and is available here:https://globalchange.mit.edu/publication/16850 .

Findings from the modelling are directly informing design of campus projects, such as the newly opened North Corridor, which includes stormwater best management practices for quality and quantity control, recommended through the planning process. The plan documents are not yet available for public release but more detail about the integrated stormwater and campus flood risk modelling approach is available: https://sustainability.mit.edu/stormwater-management-and-landscape-ecology-plan

For which of the following percentile local or regional rainfall events does the institution retain runoff on-site using LID practices and green infrastructure? (95th, 90th, 85th, 80th, 75th, Other):

The percentile local or regional rainfall event for which the institution retains runoff on-site using LID practices and green infrastructure (0-100):

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

Information is drawn from MIT's Draft Sustainable Stormwater and Landscape Ecology Plan as well as MIT's Climate Resiliency Planning process. Information can be found:https://sustainability.mit.edu/stormwater-management-and-landscape-ecology-plan

Published document about MIT preliminary flood vulnerability modeling is available here: https://globalchange.mit.edu/publication/16850

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