Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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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:

All new construction and major renovations meets LEED for New Construction v4 stormwater management related credits: SSc4: Rainwater Management; WEp1: Outdoor Water Use Reduction.

Also to note: A team of students, faculty, and staff have initiated the Tan Brook Project, an initiative to raise awareness about the Tan Brook Watershed which runs underground across the campus and into the Campus Pond. This project has received campus wide support from administrators from Physical Plant and Facilities and Campus Planning and has become a platform for discussing future stormwater retention in centralized locations to resolve stormwater impacts of new construction projects.


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

All new construction and major renovations are LEED Silver minimum and use the UMass Green Building Guidelines for deciding which credits to pursue for each project. The current guidelines for the campus (revised for LEED v4) has set medium to high priority levels for all related water credits, and can be found here: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cp_reportsplans/7/?_ga=1.95684124.1263252515.1488204562

Strategies include rain gardens, water efficient landscaping, innovative wastewater technologies like water catchment tanks for flushing, and permeable pavement.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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