Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.13
Liaison Parker Long
Submission Date July 25, 2012
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Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jacek Ghosh
Director of Sustainability
VCU Sustainability
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

VCU has installed vegetated roofs, porous pavement, retention ponds, bayscaping, a rain garden, and a 2,500-square-foot bioretention area to control the quality and quantity of stormwater on campus.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

The Molecular Medicine Research Building has a vegetated roof that captures rain water and is also an exterior sitting space. The VCU Rice Center has a vegetated roof that captures rain water and filters it before it is captured in cisterns. The Pollak Building on the Monroe Park Campus has a vegetated roof that is accessible to students.


Does the institution have porous paving?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

At the VCU Rice Center, plastic honeycomb grid, stoned topped has been installed.


Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

There are two retention ponds at the VCU Rice Center. The vegetated bio-retention cells clean the water before it percolates into the soil.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:
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Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:
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Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
Yes

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

Rain water cisterns to collect and store roof rainwater for landscape irrigation, a 2,500-square-foot bio-retention area, a prefabricated retention basin to trap solid debris at peak stormwater runoff, and oversized manholes and storm sewer lines to slow peak stormwater runoff.


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