Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.94
Liaison Trey McDonald
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of San Diego
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Paula Morreale
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

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

USD employs “Best Management Practices” (BMP’s) to stop pollutants from entering our storm drain system. Response teams use dry clean-up methods such as vacuuming, sweeping, and rags or dry absorbents for spills and outdoor cleaning. Hazardous waste is properly labeled, stored, and disposed of. USD also has extensive water intrusion plans for severe weather events.


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:

Utilize “The Three C’s”

CONTAIN:
Contain your work area by isolating debris and pollutants. Containment could include prevention of any potential flow or discharge from leaving the area and entering the storm drains(i.e. by using sandbags, grave bags, berms, etc.)

CONTROL:
Control mechanisms are processes and tools that allow you to manage your activity (work) area. A control mechanism can be as simple as sectioning off your work activity into small units. Control also includes activities such as sweeping up debris, using a mop instead of a hose, or using a trigger nozzle instead of letting water run from a hose.

CAPTURE:
Capture all potential debris or run off. Once you have completed a job, be sure to clean up the area and properly dispose of pollutants and debris (sweep up, vacuum, use a wet-vacuum, etc.)

The USD Environmental Health & Safety office maintains equipment and supplies such as storm drain covers, storm drain curb inlet protectors and oil absorbent socks. Also, training in protecting storm drains from pollutants and the use of the protection equipment is available for departments that require it.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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