Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jessa Gagne
Submission Date April 22, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Stonehill College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Bruce Boyer
Director of Facilities Management
Facilities 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:

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:

The campus has several large vegetated swales and retention basins. These are preferred by the college since they not only trap sediments and oils but also limit the amount of phosphorus entering adjacent waterways. Where feasible impervious surfaces are reduced or limited. Additionally the incorporation of green roofs are used to manage stormwater run-off. Storm water management is extremely important to the college due in part to not wanting to negatively impact the large pond that the campus is centered around.

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

In 2013, a new 8,000 square foot storage building was constructed for the Facilities Management Department and is located adjacent to The Farm at Stonehill. A 3,000 gallon 2 compartment holding tank was installed in order to store rainwater from the roof of the building for use at The Farm. This rainwater collection system is not metered for water usage; therefore, there are no statistics on the quantity of rainwater collected by this system.
In 2014, a rainwater catchment system was installed on the shed at The Farm and it used to water the adjacent Permaculture Garden.
Neither of the rainwater catchment systems are metered; therefore, there is no data available to show how much rainwater has been harvested.

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 Shields Science Center was designed and built with green building practices in mind and has a green roof for stormwater management.

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

In 2013, a pedestrian bridge was constructed over Ames Pond and was constructed with many features that reduce its impact on the environment. The bridge is 10 feet wide and 110 feet long. On either side, there is a porous asphalt pathway and a boardwalk leading to the wooden bridge, which are nearly the same length as the bridge itself.

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:

Stonehill College has several stormwater retention ponds on campus and a large natural pond. These ponds are used as rainwater catchment areas.

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

Several bioswales exist on the Stonehill College campus that are either filled with vegetation or rip rap. These serve to slow stormwater runoff and allow for sediment to percolate out of runoff.

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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