Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.79
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date Aug. 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Yale University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Lindsay Crum
Senior Manager, Data Analysis and Program Management
Yale Office of Sustainability
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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:

Yale University envisions a campus where stormwater is managed through green infrastructure and low impact development. In 2018, Yale created an update to its 2013 Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan aligning with local priorities and setting goals through 2020 to decrease local water body pollution and flooding. Future efforts in stormwater management planning shall be guided by a set of shared principles: recognize stormwater as a resource, prioritize restoration of watershed function, promote stormwater research, and incorporate adaptive management.

Four strategies address Yale’s immediate stormwater management goals and longer-term vision for active and adaptive stormwater stewardship.
• Improve data quality related to campus stormwater management by indexing stormwater management practices and impacts on both capital and operational projects completed at Yale beginning in 2012 through 2020, consolidating existing information within operations about priority flooding locations on campus, creating and implementing a stormwater quality testing program for campus, and creating a comprehensive master plan that provides a detailed view of stormwater management challenges and opportunities on campus.
• Align design standards and planning documents by update existing design standards and planning documents specifying low impact development (LID) and green infrastructure.
• Implement stormwater management techniques on campus with a preference for LID and green infrastructure projects to reduce impervious surface on campus. Beyond meeting retention requirements, major capital projects shall explicitly consider and assess opportunities for innovative stormwater management. Yale shall implement green infrastructure projects outside of capital projects that reduce impervious surface on campus by 45,000 square feet by fiscal year 2020.
• Identify progressive stormwater management goals by 2020 in alignment with municipal, regional, and state priorities and share lessons learned.


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:
Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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