Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
No written policies, plans or guidelines, but green infrastructure and LID practices are used

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

Stormwater management systems have been implemented on a case-by-case basis in several locations around campus. The University has 3 permeable pavement installations on South Campus, as well as 4 green roofs and 1 rooftop gardens that support rainwater collection and retention. In addition, it has installed a cistern next to the Environment 3 building that collects and stores rainwater and distributes it back into the building for non-potable consumption in toilets and to water the living wall. On the North Campus, the University utilizes extensive stormwater management infrastructure through several storm ponds. Waterloo’s Northwest Campus development guidelines also include criteria for stormwater management systems throughout the site. There are approximately 4.2ha of stormwater management ponds across the Main, North, and Northwest Campuses, and approximately 0.25ha of permeable pavement, and approximately 0.2ha of green roof space.

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:

The 2012 Northwest Campus Development Guidelines and the Campus Master Plan include information on stormwater management practices to be incorporated into the sites. Case-by-case projects are listed on the Sustainability Office website but are not included as part of policy and/or plans: https://uwaterloo.ca/sustainability/projects-and-initiatives/grounds

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