Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 62.73
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Tufts University
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 John Vik
Grounds Supervisor
Facilities
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
No

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

Tufts follows Massachusetts' stormwater policies and regulations. See http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/wastewater/stormwat.htm for details.

Sophia Gordon Hall has a stormwater management system that exceeds the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Management Policy and includes a reduction in peak stormwater runoff. The total site area of Sophia Gordon Hall is 50,000 square feet. 58% of the site (approximately 21,000 square feet) is pervious (i.e. water can penetrate directly into the soil). A number of catch basins, a Stormtech infiltration system and an underground detention Advanced Drainage System (ADS) reduce the rate of runoff into the city's storm sewer by maintaining or holding the water and releasing it slowly.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
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Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

The Tisch library has a vegetated roof. For more information, see: http://tuftsjournal.tufts.edu/2010/06_1/briefs/02/


Does the institution have porous paving?:
No

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:
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Does the institution have retention ponds?:
No

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:
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Does the institution have stone swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:
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Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:
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Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
Yes

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

Sophia Gordon Hall
Erosion and sediment from building sites can have considerable ecological consequences. During construction, a comprehensive erosion and sedimentation (E&S) control plan required the project to keep sediment from entering nearby storm sewers by installing temporary silt fencing, placing silt fabric over catch basins, and sweeping the street carefully.

The Athletics project (Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center) includes below-grade “Stormtech” storage chambers which retain stormwater runoff from the adjacent paved areas (primarily the parking lot behind the Eliot-Pearson School, and driveway along Gantcher Field House), allowing some infiltration and some temporary retention so that post-construction peak discharge rates from the overall site do not exceed pre-construction peak discharge rates from the overall site.


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