Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Chris Young
Assistant Director - Buildings & Grounds
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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:

When the University initiates new facility construction or major renovation projects, impacts on the surrounding site are minimized as much as possible, and projects are designed to meet or exceed state stormwater quality provision C.3. This is typically accomplished through the use of bioswales and permeable pavers.

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

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:

Prior to and during the winter rainy season, the Facilities Department (Grounds Maintenance and other staff as required) clean areas around campus storm drain inlets to prevent debris from blocking and or obstructing natural storm water flow from backing up and ponding.

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

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:

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

The Commons at Kennedy Mall has a living green roof, proven to help manage stormwater drainage better than shingle roofs.

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

Use of mortar-free bricks for walkways and pavers throughout campus reduce water runoff.

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

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

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

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

Vegetated swales are located adjacent to the Commons at Kennedy Mall, Admission and Enrollment Building, Art and Art History Building (under construction), Locatelli Student Activity Center, North Campus Parking Structure, and Schott Stadium.

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

For more examples of our rainwater management strategies, see descriptions and features of several of our campus buildings: http://www.scu.edu/sustainability/operations/buildings.cfm

+ Date Revised: Oct. 15, 2014

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