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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 52.49
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Utah State University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 2.00 Jim Huppi
Landscape Architect
Facilities
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
No written policies, plans or guidelines, but green infrastructure and LID practices are used

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

Utah State University’s stormwater falls under Logan City’s Storm Water Management Plan. Contractors are required to follow Logan City’s Storm Water Management Plan as it relates to construction practices. USU central campus primarily uses dry wells for storm drainage to recharge groundwater aquifers located on campus. Dry wells on parking lots require some type of oil/sand separation before the dry wells (State Division of Water Quality requirement). There are others that tie directly to the roof drains of buildings (USU does not allow hazardous chemicals in roof mounted equipment). Also, there are several that collect water from landscaped areas. Some specific LID and green infrastructure practices are done on a case by case basis with new construction, such as:
o Living or vegetated roofs: Early Childhood Education and Research Center (ECERC) has a green roof on lower part of the roof.
o Porous paving: Distance Education (RCDE) has porous paving at its entrances. Also, there are some small areas around campus that have brick or concrete pavers that allow water to drain through.
o Retention ponds: There is one in the northwest corner of the stadium parking lot by the softball field.
o Vegetated swales: RCDE has some swales on the east and west.


A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
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A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, guidelines and/or practices that supports the responses above:

Utah State University’s stormwater falls under Logan City’s Storm Water Management Plan. Contractors are required to follow Logan City’s Storm Water Management Plan as it relates to construction practices. USU central campus primarily uses dry wells for storm drainage to recharge groundwater aquifers located on campus. Dry wells on parking lots require some type of oil/sand separation before the dry wells (State Division of Water Quality requirement). There are others that tie directly to the roof drains of buildings (USU does not allow hazardous chemicals in roof mounted equipment). Also, there are several that collect water from landscaped areas.


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