Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.44
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of Victoria
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Bentley Sly
Manager, Grounds and Environmental Services
Facilities Management
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Does the institution use Low Impact Development (LID) practices as a matter of policy or standard practice to reduce rainwater/stormwater runoff volume and improve outgoing water quality for new construction, major renovation, and other projects?:

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:
UVic utilizes low impact development practices on all campus projects for new buildings and existing areas.

Has the institution adopted a rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, or strategies that mitigate the rainwater runoff impacts of ongoing campus operations through the use of green infrastructure? :

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:
The university has a comprehensive storm water management plan that is used to guide new building and landscape maintenance, see: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/assets/docs/2004.Integrated.Stormwater.Management.Plan..pdf.

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
0 Gallons

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:
There are green roofs on 3 campus buildings that contain natural vegetation of native plants and grasses: - The Social Sciences & Math Building has two roofs and several patio gardens with sumac and maple trees, strawberries and roses and lawns of native meadow mix. Grey water is used for watering. - The Engineering & Computer Science Building has a small (330 square meter) green roof and light-coloured gravel ballast (1200 sq. meters) was installed on the rest of the roof reducing absorption of solar radiation by the building, minimizing the heat island effect and reducing the cooling load within the building. - The First People's House has a green roof and storm retention pond.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:
Porous pavers are used extensively in new building landscape design and construction as a substitute for conventional concrete and asphalt surfacing (wherever practical). One parking lot is surfaced with permeable paving stones, Lot A outside of the Engineering Lab Wing.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:
Downspouts are integrated into storm water detention and rain garden technology in new building and landscape design / construction across campus as part of the LEED green building process.

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:
The university now includes / considers the use of rain garden technology in new building and landscape design/ construction. The Mearns Learning Centre, the new Centre for Athletics and Special Abilities (CARSA) and the McKenzie Ave upgrade projects are examples.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:
Storm water retention / detention is considered in all civil engineering designs for new building and landscape design / construction as part of the LEED green building process. There are many examples across campus including outside the Administrative Services Building, the First Peoples House and the David Turpin Building.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
UVic's Intergrated Stormwater Management Plan (see: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/assets/docs/2004.Integrated.Stormwater.Management.Plan..pdf) layouts out guidelines for stormwater and rainwater management practices on campus including the use of raingardens, green roofs, stormwater rentention ponds, and porous pavers in new building and landscape design processes, where appropriate. The LEED green building process followed in all new buildng design and construction on campus also includes points for sustainable landscape design. See here for more info on sustainable water practices: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/operations/water/index.php.

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