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Submission Date Nov. 10, 2016
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Stony Brook University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Tom Lanzilotta
Campus Energy Manager
Campus Operations and Maintenance
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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:

The University, being a member of the State University of New York system, has agreed to make every new building or renovation LEED certified. Stony Brook is also one of 448 colleges and universities that is a part of the President's Climate Commitment, which has led Stony Brook to reduce its energy consumption and making all new buildings have a low impact.

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 university has storm drains that connect to the sewage treatment facility and sumps on campus, which drain water into the ground. There are also demos for permeable pavement and plans to make more areas have water drain into the ground. The Simons Center has a green roof and grey water systems. The University plans for more buildings to utilize a similar rainwater system in the future.

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

Simons Center for Geometry & Physics

Rainwater Collection: A 4,000 gallon rainwater harvesting tank maximizes the collection of rain water from roof drains, estimated at more than 30,000 gallons annually, in order to provide water for toilets and irrigation.

Advanced Energy Center: Water Efficiency: Landscaping that requires no irrigation is used, as is a a system for collecting rain water on the roof, which is used for flushing toilets.

Southampton Library: The Library has storm water collection for non-potable use.

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
5,000 Gallons

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:

Simons Center for Geometry & Physics

Green Roof: A modular green roof above Floor 5 and planters on Floor 2 contribute towards the project's green space LEED points; LiveRoof® specified engineered soil and a blend of low-growing shallow root sedums and sempervivums create a natural carpet.

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

Advanced Energy Center

Sustainable Site: Parking for low emission vehicles and use of vegetation that eliminates storm water run-off, while providing shade to keep blacktop from generating heat is used.

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:

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

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

The University has a total of three (3) storm water retention basins located on West Campus.

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

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