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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 48.82
Liaison Eric Boles
Submission Date Feb. 12, 2015
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University of Arkansas
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Carlos Ochoa
Office for 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:

The University is a designated MS4, and the institution's practices conform to all rules and regulations stipulated by EPA and the AR Dept of Environmental quality. An approved Stormwater Management Plan in place.The University is a member of a coalition of Northwest Arkansas MS4s, which carry out public education and awareness to improve stormwater management practices throughout the region. The University has an approved Stormwater Management Plan and requires contractors to work under an approved Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan on all construction projects on campus. Each development project has a specific SWPP provided by the contractors.

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:

The university Gro-Green garden collects rainwater for use in the garden.

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:

The band instrument building adjacent to Lot 56 has a green roof, as do restroom facilities adjacent to The Gardens.

hillside auditorium, vol walker

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

The Gardens have Grasspave parking spaces and there is raised paving at Hillside.

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):

The headwaters end of Mullins Creek and Poultry Science have vegetated swales.

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

The University is planning new parking lots with Low Impact Development Strategies such as rain gardens, sub surface drainage, etc.

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

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