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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 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
CLIMB Center Green Roof & Rain Garden Education Plaza

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

PCC FMS partnered with a variety of people and organizations, including the Department of Environmental Services at the City of Portland, on an innovative green roof and storm water education plaza project. Prior to construction, all storm water runoff from the building and adjacent hard space flowed downhill into the Willamette River without any treatment. This project included a green roof atop the Continuous Learning for Individuals, Management & Business (CLIMB) Center building and adjacent rain garden with an educational kiosk and interpretive art piece. The project is part of a larger storm water mitigation effort in the warehouse district called the SE Clay Green Street Project. Part of the project funding came from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Innovative Wet Weather Program grant.

The green roof captures and filters storm water, mitigating the amount of water flowing to the Willamette River and reducing issues of erosion and contamination. Additional roof runoff is sent cascading over concrete and steel slabs into the rain garden, while street runoff flows into the facility under a steel sidewalk grate. An interpretive kiosk, covered by a green roof, also absorbs rain, and the kiosk describes how the rain garden captures and filters storm water to keep runoff out of the sewer system. This is a perfect example of FMS promoting sustainability education while simultaneously advancing environmental stewardship.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Buildings
Grounds
Water

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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