Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.64
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date April 23, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

State University of New York at Cortland
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Matt Brubaker
Energy Manager
Facilites Management
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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:

1- As a state Agency,SUNY Cortland needs to follow the State Storm Water Prevention Plan (SWPP)for new construction and Storm Water Management System for ll Projects.
1- During last two years the campus has adopted a "No Mow Zone" to reduce watering of grass.
2- Planted wild flower beds to slow down the surface water
3- Our two Artificial turf fields for the main athletic programs are equipped with underground retention storage.

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:

SUNY Cortland is adjacent the City of Cortland's aquifer. Therefore, as part of all major renovations and new construction projects, rainwater / stormwater management are very important to the Campus Community and the Local Community. SUNY Cortland employs green infrastructure practices on these types of projects to comply with LEED rating standards as well as State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.

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:

SUNY Cortland has installed three additional building area rainwater filtering systems or bio-swales in conjunction with one major renovation project and two new construction projects.

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

There are currently five green roofs. The first one was installed seven years ago above the Childcare Center between two residence hall towers which overlook the roof. This allows for educational opportunities for students.
Other areas include entrances to two residence halls and the recently completed Student Life Center. The science building has a green roof covering 25% of the portion of building that was renovated.

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

The Western part of Campus is over the City aquifer,therefore for our Park and Ride lot (lot 281), the Parking lot at the Professional Studies Building, and the 22 spaces at the Student Life Center with an additional 55 parking spaces planned to be completed by August 2015. All of these recently added parking spaces use permeable paving technology and eliminate previously impervious surfaces.

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

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

The bio-swale landscaping functions also as a rain garden feature.

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

The West Campus Apartment is next to the Creek. This creek is part of Theughnioga river which collects the storm water in Cortland. The creek was flooded in 2007. Since then and after enlargement of the Route 281, The State Department of Transportation with the assistance of campus provided a dry retention (seasonal) pond to prevent the flooding and capture the storm water.

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

The bio-swales on campus utilize native vegetation and compost as the cover with stone sub-base for final filtration.

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

There are several underground retention storage structures to hold water in order to prevent flooding or fast discharge to the aquifer.

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

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