Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.99
Liaison Eric Meliton
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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STARS v2.0

Wilfrid Laurier University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 James Emary
Area Manager: Grounds Services
Physical Resources
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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:

Laurier has created a swale under a building downspout, a 10,000 L below ground water cistern in a low grade area prone to flooding, and a 2350 L above ground water cistern. These provide all of our water for grounds maintenance. We have an area on campus that directs water into a cistern which is used for irrigation. We have also planted native species on hilly areas to stop erosion

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:

As a part of Laurier's sustainable design guidelines and campus master plan, it is specified that we use plant species to minimize rain water fun off as well as harvesting techniques, such as cisterns.

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

We have two cisterns (one below ground and one above), totally 13000 gallons of water, which is used for grounds maintenance.

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

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:

Laurier has a green roof located on top of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre which provides storm water retention, insulation, cooling, sound adsorption, and creates a habitat for wildlife. It is vegetated with varieties of sedum which are drought tolerant and attract bees and butterflies.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

Our rain garden directs the water from a downspout on a building to a butterfly garden below. It is located in a community garden on campus.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

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

Laurier's community rain and butterfly garden also features a vegetated swale.

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:
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