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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.40
Liaison Shannon Craig
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Camosun College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Graham McKinnon
Building Services
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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:

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:

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

Rainwater that is currently entering the municipal storm water system is harvested and used by the Cross Connection lab in the Plumbing shop for washing floors and for plumbing mock-ups. Purchase of a storage tank and pumping and treatment equipment was supported by the 2012 President's Funds.

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:

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:

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):

Designed to mitigate pollution from the surface runoff water, a bioswale is a landscaping technique consisting of a narrow, troughed drainage course with gently sloped sides filled with vegetation or gravel. Bioswales are in use at both campuses, originally developed to deal with sediment carried by rainwater runoff following the construction of new buildings. At Interurban, the bioswale, which was added in 2008, helps reduce the amount of silt and contaminants entering the Colquitz River watershed. As a result of the restored habitat, frogs, red-winged blackbirds and other wildlife have returned to live in the marshy area close to Interurban Road.

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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