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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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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 University has a comprehensive Stormwater Master Plan. This document presents the University’s objectives and methods that are used to correct existing problems and prevent future problems and covers issues related to new development, redevelopment, and where stormwater facilities will be required in their own right. This document also provides a summary of existing stormwater related policies.

The University overall is a net zero discharger of runoff in the Spring Creek Watershed. In other words, more runoff from University and non-University areas is recharged (infiltrated) on the University’s property than runoff from the University that is discharged off University areas to surface waters.

The University owns the following stormwater BMPs in the Centre Region as of the end of 2014:

Regulated Dams: 4
Surface Stormwater Ponds: 28
Subsurface Detention Facilities: 33
Green Roofs: 9 (101,000 sf area)
Bioswales and Rain Gardens: 33
Low Head Recharge Weirs: 7
Stormwater Reuse Cisterns: 3
Hydrodynamic Water Quality Structures: 11

The University promotes foremost the use of conservation design practices that preserve and use natural critical hydrologic areas to minimize the impact to the environment. It also promotes the use and application of sound science in our stormwater management practices and does not believe that any Best Management Practice (BMP) or Low Impact Development (LID) method can be used anywhere, or that we can engineer replacements to complex natural hydrologic areas.


A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, guidelines and/or practices that supports the responses above:

Our stormwater program includes six minimum control measures: public education, public involvement, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site runoff control, post-construction runoff management and pollution prevention/good housekeeping.

The MS4 program can be found at: http://opp.psu.edu/university-ms4-program


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