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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.20
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date May 31, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Macalester College
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nathan Lief
Facilities Director
Facilities
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

The college has proactively installed stormwater projects. The college hosts two student designed and built green roofs. Markim Hall, a LEED Platinum building, has extensive infiltration projects and porous pavers. The Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center includes infiltration and a renovated parking lot that includes a bioswale/trench. Porous Pavers re also included as sidewalks are renovated.


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:

The 2009 Sustainability Plan has a goals to develop a comprehensive stormwater management plan and a goal of infiltrating the first inch of precipitate campus wide.

Macalester developed a sustainable landscaping master plan in 2011 that addresses stormwater. The plan includes an assembly of proposed initiatives to reduce and reuse stormwater run off including: increasing filtration basins, establishing more rain gardens, and considering rainwater cisterns.


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