Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.64
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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Smith College
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Emma Kerr
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
No written policies, plans or guidelines, but green infrastructure and LID practices are used

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

Smith College works to mitigate storm water runoff through the use of several practices, including infiltration systems, detention systems, green roofs, and capturing rain water for re-use. Areas of green roof exist on Ford Hall and Cutter and Ziskind houses.

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 stormwater 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 cisterns are not separately metered so we don't have data to report on how much water is recycled each year.

We have implemented a small permeable pavement parking lot on campus as an educational tool and demonstration site in order to see if permeable pavement can be more widely used on campus. We have also implemented a permeable paver parking lot at MacLeish Field Station, which is also a learning and demonstration site.

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 website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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