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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 Gold
Overall Score 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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?:
Yes

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

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 erosion and sediment control plans for each new project in accordance with NCDENR regulations. Construction projects on campus are surrounded by erosion-control fences.


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? :
Yes

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

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, installing and improving swales, maintaining green space, and installing retention ponds.


A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:
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Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
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A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

The bioretention area is located on the south side of the new School of Education building. It is in a low-lying area between the building and Spring Garden St. and covers approximately 3300 sq ft. Planted with many native trees, bushes and herbaceous plants, this holds runoff until it can soak into the soil.

Downstream of the bioretention area is a sand filter system. Located at the northwest corner of the new School of Education building, it filters captured stormwater prior to its release.

Finally, there are three bioswales installed along the parking lots of the new Spartan Village Residence Halls. These are vegetated with trees and shrubs, covered with bark mulch, and total approximately 19,400 square feet.


A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:
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A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

On the east side of EUC building between EUC and the statue of Minerva there are three panels of grass. In each panel there is approx. 4 inches of soil with a plastic egg carton like structure embedded in the soil. Below the soil there is approx. 6 inches of rock wrapped inside filter fabric.While there are no pavers per say this is an attempt at making the area permeable but still able to handle foot traffic as well as larger vechicles(fire trucks)The first panel measures 1800 sq ft and has a tree ,bushesand coll season grasses planted within. The second panel measures 1350 sq ft and is planted with warm season grasses.The third panel measures 1314 sq ft and is planted with warm season grasses.


A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:
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A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

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 School of Education Building. It is planted with moisture-loving plants and holds runoff until it can soak into the soil.


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

There are three bioswales installed along the parking lots of the new Spartan Village Residence Halls. These are vegetated with trees and shrubs, covered with bark mulch, and total approximately 19,400 square feet.


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

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


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

Information for this credit was provided in part by Hal Shelton Asst. Director for Grounds and Jim Munro, Grounds Irrigation Specialist. Other information was taken from the FDC website and the Campus Master Plan updates.

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