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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 48.14
Liaison Sean Vormwald
Submission Date April 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Onondaga Community College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sean Vormwald
Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
Office of Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:

Onondaga utilizes low impact development for stormwater management whenever possible. For new construction projects, Onondaga follows local and state guidelines for managing stormwater runoff including implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. This includes recent projects such as the SRC Arena and Events Center, Academic II, and the ball field project.

In 2009, Onondaga developed a Sustainable Landscape Master Plan, which includes strategies for managing stormwater such as installing rain gardens, bioswales, and additional porous pavement.

In December 2015, Onondaga was awarded a grant to implement green infrastructure improvements such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, and a rainwater harvesting cistern.


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? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:

In 2009, Onondaga developed a Sustainable Landscape Master Plan, which includes strategies for managing stormwater such as installing rain gardens, bioswales, and additional porous pavement. Onondaga incorporates stormwater management practices in all construction projects.

Onondaga received a $711,000 grant from the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation to renovate the Mawhinney Hall entrance in summer 2016. In addition to enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of the site, the project will feature rain gardens, porous pavement, and other green infrastructure strategies to improve stormwater management. The project will also incorporate educational signage and student research opportunities.


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

Onondaga received funding from the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation to implement a number of stormwater management strategies. As part of this project in summer 2016, a rainwater collection system will be installed.


Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
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A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:
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A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

Although Onondaga does not have a green roof, the College has an interior living green wall that was installed as part of an interactive educational program highlighting plants' contribution to environmental health.


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

The College uses Flexi-Pave porous pavement for several areas on campus.


A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

The West Quad features rain gardens that are utilized as a teaching tool, in addition to effectively managing stormwater runoff.


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

The College has several stormwater retention ponds on campus.


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

The College has several bioswales on campus.


A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
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