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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 56.83
Liaison Liz Davey
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tulane University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Liz Davey
Office of Sustainability
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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?:

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

Tulane has made a steadily increasing effort to address and reduce rainwater/stormwater runoff in new construction major renovation projects. Examples include:
--Minimizing paving and using permeable paving in project landscapes. For example, the pavers by Dinwiddie Hall have an open pattern to allow for water to be absorbed into the ground rather than sit on nonporous concrete paving. Gravel-Lok pavement, an extremely porous paving with a flow rate similar to loose gravel, was used for the walkways to the new Barbara Greenbaum House Residence Hall.
--The new Yulman Football Stadium was awarded LEED SS credit 6.1, Stormwater Design-Quantity, in the Design phase credit review. The main field and practice fields, which are artificial turf, have drainage systems that slow the rate of storm water run-off. Most of the stadium’s storm water is directed to an underground rain water storage system located underneath the practice field. This system has earned Tulane’s first LEED credit for the management of stormwater quantity.
--For the renovation of the Richardson Memorial Hall, home of the Tulane School of Architecture, the design team has included a rainwater harvesting system that will be used for toilet flushing.

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? :

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

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

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

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

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

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

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

A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:

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