Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Yolanda Cieters
Associate Director
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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:

There are two rain gardens, two green roofs and one rain water cistern on campus. There are also bioswales on campus and landscaping practices include a combination of native and other plants to create shade and to tolerate drought.

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 City of Seattle mandates the use of low-impact development practices through its Stormwater Municipal Code (Title 22, Subtitle VIII), which requires stormwater discharge be appropriately managed on parcel-based projects through soil amendment, on-site stormwater management, flow control, and water quality treatment. All buildings on Seattle University’s campus comply with these stringent codes, with most featuring stormwater retention tanks or detention features such as rain gardens. Furthermore, Seattle University has made a commitment to building all future buildings and major renovations to LEED Gold standards, with four LEED Gold-certified buildings constructed on campus since 2009. In order to meet LEED Gold standards, buildings are constructed and managed according to low-impact development prerequisites and credits, including performing a site assessment, preventing water pollution from construction activity, and managing runoff on-site.

--City of Seattle Stormwater Municipal Code (Tile 22, Subtitle VIII): https://library.municode.com/wa/seattle/codes/municipal_code?nodeId=TIT22BUCOCO_SUBTITLE_VIIISTCO_CH22.801DE
--SU’s Climate Action Plan (https://www.seattleu.edu/media/cejs/files/content/Seattle-University's-Climate-Action-Plan-2010-2035-v1.2.pdf); p.11 and p.29
--SU Major Institution Master Plan 2013 (MIMP):

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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