Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.70
Liaison Kevin Kirsche
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Georgia
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jason Perry
Sustainability Specialist
Office of Sustainability
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

UGA has installed more than 15 cisterns, 75 rain gardens and other structural BMPs (including vegetative swales), 4 vegetated roofs, porous pavement, and converted more than 60 acres of formerly on-campus paved areas into green space in order to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater runoff.

UGA also has an active Watershed UGA project that engages the campus community in protecting and enhancing water resources through teaching, research and service. Almost 100 faculty have reached over 2700 students with Watershed UGA Curriculum, numerous events and service projects have engaged thousands of students and community members in watershed protection and engagement with University Architects and the Grounds Department have led to on the ground restoration projects. Active research projects are enhancing our understanding of our water resources and are investigating improvement plans. More information is available on the Watershed UGA website https://rivercenter.uga.edu/water-resources/watershed-uga/

A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

Section 018100-2 1.H - Facilities Performance Requirements - of UGA's Supplemental Standards for Design and Construction states: Options for collection and reuse of storm water and condensate are required for all new construction projects with special attention given to uses other than irrigation. Storm water best management practices shall be incorporated to exceed the Project jurisdiction storm water quality standards, with a preference for visible and vegetative storm water controls. Design Professional shall evaluate feasibility of rain water and condensate water collection, distribution and reuse to serve non-consumptive uses including but not limited to cooling tower make-up, toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

UGA has completed Watershed Management Plans in partnership with Athens Clarke County for all of the Watersheds that abut campus. We are also actively partnering with K-12 schools in these watersheds to increase understanding and protection of these resources.


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