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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 Matthew Williams
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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University of Florida
OP-23: Stormwater Management

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Complete Expired Stephanie Sims
Implementation 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? :

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

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

Stormwater Management Initiatives:
1) Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control Program - ensures that the minimum control measures necessary to manage on-site erosion and sedimentation are identified and implemented for all construction activities on the University of Florida Campus.
2) Incorporate Low Impact Development - to improve water quality and prevent additional erosion in the University’s streams, all projects which impact soil must incorporate the use of Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater techniques where physically, economically, and practically possible.
3)UF Clean Water Campaign - Conduct water quality monitoring, pollution reduction strategies, storm drain marking, and more. Please visit: http://campuswaterquality.ifas.ufl.edu/prevention/npdes.html

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?:

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

Designed by landscape architect Glenn Acomb in conjunction with Soil and Watre Science professor Mark Clark and doctoral student Sylvia Lang, the roof will help manage stormwater runoff and will reduce demand on the stormwater system.

The roof measures 2,600 square feet, with a soil depeth of 5 inches. The plants will be irrigated with a drip irrigation system which will use harvested rainwater stored in two 3,100 gallon tanks. During times of drought, irrigation can be supplemented by reclaimed water. The roof design allows for the source of water to be changed from harvested rainwater to reclaimed water.

Allowed us to transform a flat roof at Charles R. Perry Constrcution yard building into a lanscaped environment. Designed to handle the garden Roof Assembly safely and carry about six persons on the roof at the same time. The roof was donated by American Hydrotech, Inc. We used Hydrotech's Monolithic Membrane that assures a water tight structure.

Does the institution have porous paving?:

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

Recently pervious concrete and pervious asphalt has been installed at some campus locations. It has been proposed to be included in University construction standards for future projects when possible.

Does the institution have retention ponds?:

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

The majority of the runoff on campus goes to a campus lake, Lake Alice.

Does the institution have stone swales?:

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

Does the institution have vegetated swales?:

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

Vegetated swales are part of the landscape design on campus and part of the university's approach to sustainable sites and implementing LID

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

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

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