Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

MIT recently completed a phase-one Sustainable Stormwater and Landscape Ecology Plan to collect a baseline of campus challenges, opportunities, and best practices. MIT follows City of Cambridge policies for green infrastructure. Additionally, the Institute has developed and implemented 18 stormwater best management practices (BMPs) since the early 2000's. Five additional BMPs are currently in development. Guided by these BMPs, campus projects employ a variety of techniques including: detention systems, rainwater harvesting, bioretention, landscape filters, subsurface infiltration, and manufactured treatment units.

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:

MIT customized and formally adopted the Sustainable Sites Checklist as part of the MIT Design Standards. MIT is currently working to update and expand its BMPs to enhance climate resiliency.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data sources include the MIT Sustainable Stormwater and Landscape Ecology Plan and water management professionals in the Department of Facilities.

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