Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date July 11, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Smith College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Karl Kowitz
Business Operations Director
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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:

Smith College works to mitigate storm water runoff through the use of several practices, including infiltration systems, detention systems, a green roof, and capturing rain water for re-use.

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:

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

Ford Hall has two cisterns to capture rainwater, with 25,000 gallons and 30,000 gallons capacity and a 5,000 gallon overflow tank. This water is for non-potable uses in the building. This reduced the overall storm water runoff at the site by 25 percent through the combination of the cistern system and a planted rooftop that encompasses 20,000 square feet. The cistern system is not metered.

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:

Most of the planted roof on top of the newly constructed Ford Hall – about 19,000 square feet, located 65 feet above the sidewalk – supports various species of sedum, leaf succulents that have water-storing leaves.

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

Ford Hall construction incorporates porous paving in its building design and site.

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:

There are several storm water infiltration systems on campus (Parking garage, Campus Center, Smith's synthetic turf field, Smith's fitness center, Conway House, West Street Public Parking) designed to capture storm water surge and release it slowly over time.

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

Ford Hall incorporated vegetated swales in its construction of the site.

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

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

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