Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Julie Hopper
Submission Date July 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Southern California
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Elias Platte-Bermeo
Sustainability Program Assistant
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:

USC’s University Park Campus (UPC) and Health Science Campus (HSC) are subject to the City of Los Angeles Stormwater LID ordinance. These two campuses together comprise the entire university; all of USC campus land follows the LID ordinance. This ordinance requires that LID measures be incorporated into the design of all development and redevelopment projects which add, create or replace 500 square feet or more of impervious area. USC adheres to the stringent requirements of this ordinance.

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:

USC must adhere to the City of Los Angeles LID ordinance which requires that the 85th-percentile 24-hour runoff event be infiltrated, evapotranspired, captured and used, and/or treated by using high efficiency Best Management Practices (BMPs). For construction projects which disturb 1 acre or more, USC must adhere to the State Construction General Permit Order 2009-0009-DWQ. This permit requires the development of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) which eliminates the discharge of pollutants with rainwater runoff from a construction site.

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:

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