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Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 20, 2013
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University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

Facilities Design and Construction (FDC) follows all NC State Construction Office guidelines concerning stormwater and erosion control when constructing new buildings on campus. FDC prepares an erosion and sediment control plan for each new project in accordance with NCDENR regulations. Construction projects on campus are surrounded by erosion-control fences.

Though no formal policy exists to address ongoing campus operations, UNCG has employed several strategies. The Grounds Dept. leaves a 20 foot "no-mow" buffer along all stream banks. Tree preservation and landscaping are used to control erosion for both new and existing development. Other practices include re-grading problem areas, improving swales, maintaining green space, and installing retention ponds.


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:

UNCG has a detention basin just north of its Soccer Stadium. Three culverts flow into a basin that empties into one primary culvert. This is lined with native plants and slows excess runoff.

UNCG also has an infiltration basin, better known as the "Rain Garden," at the new Education Building. It is planted with moisture-loving plants and holds runoff until it can soak into the soil.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

UNCG has converted many previously small eroded areas into stone lined swales that now slow runoff and give it a chance to soak more into the ground. There is also a large stone lined barrier on the north side of Forest St. and adjacent to large green space to provide similar runoff attenuation.


Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:
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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:

The new School of Education building has a sand-filter system for storm drainage to complement the "rain garden" stormwater pond.


Information for this credit was provided in part by Chris Fay, Asst. Director for Grounds. Other information was taken from the FDC website and the 2007 Campus Master Plan update.

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