Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 37.22
Liaison Ryan Buchholdt
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
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University of Alaska Anchorage
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Paula Williams
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

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:

The following are quotes from our Facilities Master Plan that relate to stormwater management:

Use storm runoff from roofs to recharge irrigation systems.

Avoid management practices that contribute to the degradation of water quality.

Avoid disturbing native landscapes during campus construction.

Minimize impervious surfaces.

Use appropriate methods, such as bioswale techniques, to remove sediment and other contaminants from runoff.

North of the Integrated Science Building, rain gardens were planted to reduce impacts of storm water. Rain gardens are recessed areas of land, which have plants that thrive in wet soil. Water collects in rain gardens and plants act as filters for the water before it sinks back into local
aquifers. These gardens replenish aquifers instead of adding pressure to storm drains.


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

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

Our Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building (CPISB) roof is designed as a vegetated roof and will also reduce the cooling load of the building as well as the heat-island effect for the city. We know this because the solar reflectance index (SRI) is equal to or greater than 78.


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?:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

In addition to planting a rain garden to the north of CPISB, vegetated swales were also incorporated into the landscaping of this building. Between the swales and rain garden, the stormwater system captures and filters 90% of the average annual rainfall, reducing the impact on stormwater drains and adjacent wetlands


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:

North of the Integrated Science Building, rain gardens were planted to reduce impacts of storm water. Rain gardens are recessed areas of land, which have plants that thrive in wet soil. Water collects in rain gardens and plants act as filters for the water before it sinks back into local
aquifers. These gardens replenish aquifers instead of adding pressure to storm drains.


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