Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.11
Liaison Elizabeth Malcolm
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2023

STARS v2.2

Virginia Wesleyan University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jason Seward
Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management
Campus Life and Operational Management
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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:
The university has several BMPs including nine stormwater retention ponds and/or constructed wetlands. Permeable pavers flank the south side of the Greer Environmental Sciences Center, which also has a partially vegetated roof. A rain garden with native plants is located on a low lying area near the quad. Permeable drainage was installed along the main campus entrance. The two newest parking lots include vegetated filtration strips and trees to reduce runoff. A large vegetated bioswale is adjacent to Clarke Hall.

Through private funding, the University recently completed a comprehensive stormwater management system including nearly three miles of underground distribution chambers and four new retention ponds.

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:
As the campus resides in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and in a region prone to flooding, we are mindful of the importance of our rainwater management policies. The Greer Environmental Sciences Center, built in 2017, includes extensive rainwater management, including a green roof, permeable pavers, and constructed wetlands. All new campus construction at a minimum follows requirements of the City of Virginia Beach (https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/public-works/surface-water-regulation/Pages/stormwater-regulations.aspx)

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Information provided by Director of Facilities Management and Director of Sustainability

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