Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.90
Liaison Hannes Gerhardt
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of West Georgia
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Hannes Gerhardt
Sustainability Director
Department of Geosciences
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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:

As per the Green Purchasing Guidelines:

Guideline : All landscape renovations, construction, and maintenance performed by
internal staff members or contractors should employ best management practices to
preserve the integrity of the local watershed. Stormwater products shall meet or exceed
the standards of the Georgia Stormwater Manual.

Guideline : Native and drought-tolerant plants that require no or minimal watering should
be given preference when purchasing. (Refer to University Building Standards for more
information)

UWG's Grounds department is very aware of LID best practices and pushes for them to be implemented whenever possible.


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:

Included in the UWG tree ordinance is a tree replacement policy; particular to parking lots UWG aims to include 1 tree planting for every 7 new parking spaces that are placed on campus. The goal is that these new trees will assist in slowing and cleaning stormwater runoff, in addition to eventually helping to mitigate heat island effect. This policy is inclusive of the entire institution. There are also 2 rain-gardens and multiple bioswales throughout the campus. Lastly, The University campus maintains cisterns on 4 properties with a 150,000 gallon holding capacity. The university can irrigate 3.5 acres of sod with this water.


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