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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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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 landscaping around Parker Hannifin Hall is the bridge between a newer building and a newly-restored historic building. The design weaves a campus-connecting walkway through a space that includes seating and outdoor dining. Sustainable site elements include permeable pavement, micro-irrigation, high-SRI pavements, and native landscaping.

The newly constructed Center for Innovation in Medical Professions features pavers with a high reflective value to reduce the heat island effect. They were installed with permeable spacers to return rainwater to the sub soil.

The Recreation Center was constructed with large underground rain collection tanks for landscape irrigation purposes.


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, guidelines and/or practices that supports the responses above:

Relevant sections from the University Architect A/E Guidelines:

024101.12
All erosion control must comply with “Rainwater and Land Development – Ohio’s Standards for Storm Water Management, Land Development, and Urban Stream Protection” for all sediment control, silt fences, and storm drain inlet protection.

Storm and sanitary sewer systems
334000.3 General Installation Requirements:
A. Wherever possible, the storm or sanitary service connection shall be made to the University
storm and sanitary sewer systems.  When not possible, A/E shall comply with the local codes
and requirements.  Storm systems shall use EPA – National Pollution Discharge Elimination
System (NPDES) best management practices where possible. 


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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