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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 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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Wake Forest University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Mike Draughn
Director, Maintenance and Utilities Services
Facilities & Campus Services
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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:

The university works closely with the City of Winston-Salem to develop the best management practice for each construction project. All parties involved with the project will collaborate on the needs and most feasible strategy to implement during the construction phase as well as permanent solutions. The university adheres to the stringent requirements of the city stormwater ordinance (see URL).

All storm drains on campus are placarded with warning signs to prevent illicit discharge.

The university also conducted a comprehensive drain survey to ensure all drains are correctly tied to the appropriate discharge system.


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:

Our strategy involves compliance with the City of Winston-Salem's stormwater requirements and involves both quantity and quality management measures.

The university has installed numerous rain gardens and bioswails, and permeable paver sidewalks throughout campus.


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:

South Hall and Farrell Hall both have qualitative active filtering systems for their respective stormwater runoff.


A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

A living roof has been installed on portion of the roof at the University President's residence. West Chiller Plant is a below grade structure with a vegetated roof.


A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

Permeable pavers were installed in several areas during our recent construction on N. Campus. These include primary walkways adjacent to Farrell Hall and North Dining.


A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

Winston Hall, our biology building, has a rain garden with native plants and landscaping.
http://sustainability.wfu.edu/2012/07/01/rain-garden-eliminates-copper-runoff/


A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

The university has retention ponds/biocells for stormwater runoff for the Southeast side of campus.


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

There are bioswales at the Welcome Center and vegetated swales at some of the off-campus housing and athletic fields.


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

Two underground cisterns with total capacity of 107,000 gallons are installed at the university's new Welcome Center.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.