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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.

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Liaison Aine Keogh
Submission Date July 6, 2011
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University of Calgary
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Justin Brown
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

The University of Calgary Design Standards require new buildings to implement Erosion and Sedimentation Control (ESC) Plans in accordance with LEED requirements. Further, new projects are required to manage rain water on site where appropriate.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
No

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:
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Does the institution have porous paving?:
No

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:
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Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

1. West Campus features a retention and infiltration pond (include approx catchment area). The pond also provides for removal of sediment and phosphorus.

2. The new Taylor Family Quad incorporates a stormwater pond which is also an aesthetic landscape feature, this controls the rate of release to the storm system. The Quadrangle also incorporates stormwater infiltration zones through landscape design strategies. Hard surfaces employ paving units to provide a semi-permeable surface.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:
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Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

A bioswale was installed in a parking lot (Lot 10) to control the rate of run-off and to provide stormwater filtration prior to discharge to the storm system.


Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
Yes

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

As part of a pilot, the new Yamnuska Hall student residence, will include a storm-ceptor installed in the parking lot catch basin to remove fine particulates from run-off. The device will be tested over the next year and may lead to the installation of additional devices across campus.


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