Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.55
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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Middlebury College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jack Byrne
Director of Sustainability Integration
Environmental Affair
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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:

The College has employed a number of LID practices including rain gardens, site specific retention ponds, bioswales and maintenance, and porous paving on the edges of athletic fields.

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:

The 2008 Campus Master Plan recommends the implementation of a rainwater collection system for water from the athletic fields, the water from which would be used to irrigate the fields. The Plan also calls for creation of additional raingardens and bioswales appropriately located around campus to reduce stormwater runoff and to improve water quality. Low impact stormwater management is also covered in the sustainable design guidelines used for all new development projects on campus.

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
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A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

Atwater Dining Hall has a green roof planted with native plants, as does the squash court in the athletic facility.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

The blacktop surrounding the Alumni stadium artificial turf field is made of porous paving.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

Stormwater from the following buildings and surrounding area is captured and treated via rain gardens: Starr-Axinn Center, Atwater Dining Hall and Atwater Residence Halls A and B, and two at the Ridgeline townhouses.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

There is an extensive retention pond south of the athletic field complex that captures much of the storm water generated on campus. There is also a retention pond north of the Atwater dining hall and one at the Ridgeline residential parking area.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

There is a bioswale outside of the David Family Library that filters and controls run-off from a large area of both pervious and impervious ground.

A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

We have converted paved parking space into green common space for use by students and employees. This was done at the Franklin Environmental Center during a major renovation where 13 parking spaces were converted into a grassed courtyard with a stone wall for use by classes and others to enjoy outside the building during comfortable weather conditions.

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:

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