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Liaison Megan Curtis-Murphy
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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Northeastern University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Casey Shetterly
Special Projects - Sustainability
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

“Low impact development”(LID)is Northeastern University’s preferred approach for the management of storm water, for inclusion in the planning and construction of new, redeveloped, or existing areas of University lands and facilities, and to guide site development by mimicking the natural hydrological system functions of discharge, frequency,
recharge and volume.

The University has achieved this through many efforts from rain gardens, bio-swales, permeable pavers, rainwater reclamation and groundwater recharge systems. Carter Field, a City of Boston recreation field reconstructed by Northeastern collects rainwater from the tennis courts in a 14,000 gallon tank for irrigation purposes on athletics fields. It is expected to save about 150,000 gallons of water per year.

The Rainwater Reclamation System at the Boston Campus Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), collects and recycles rainwater as an integral part of the building infrastructure for flush fixtures within the building. Based on the tank size installed, the system is designed to collect 99% of the rainwater that falls on the roof and offset approximately 57% of the flushing demand of the building.

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:

The sustainable design standards and goals in the University's Guidelines for Capital Design and Implementation clearly state a goal to protect and conserve water. Northeastern has documented commitments for both LEED and SITES addressed in other planning documents including the Institutional Management Plan and the Sustainable Practices and Operations Guidelines.

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

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