Consistent with our Campus Plan, the Sustainability Plan proposes an ambitious program of stormwater management that both reduces demand for purchased water by capturing and using rainwater, and helps to preserve the regional watershed by reducing erosion and minimizing stormwater-related pollution.
Goal & Progress
- Goal: Manage stormwater events with an integrated campus-wide ecosystem approach that enhances groundwater recharge, rainwater capture for reuse, water quality, stream health, tree vitality and more natural flows of water in the campus landscape.
- Rainwater storage and reuse systems are in place in the form of underground storage tanks at Butler College (6,000-gallon) and at the new Frick Chemistry Laboratory (12,000-gallon).
- The Butler College green roofs are demonstrating a more than 60 percent reduction in peak stormwater runoff, compared to conventional roofs, according to an academic study. Real-time performance data are monitored by faculty and students (see graph below).
- Rain gardens have been installed adjacent to the new Frick Chemistry Laboratory to absorb stormwater runoff from the surrounding area and help protect the Washington Road stream from excessive peak flows. The water undergoes bio-filtration and percolates back into surrounding vegetated areas.
- Stormwater detention capacity is located beneath 1952 Stadium, and Finney-Campbell, Myslik and Plummer athletic fields to filter and retain runoff created by up to a 100-year storm (has a 1-in-100 chance of occurring in any given year). Powers Field at Princeton Stadium also has some capacity to filter and retain stormwater.
- Several pathways and courtyards on campus, such as Shapiro Walk, Butler Green and Holder, Wilson and Forbes Annex courts, have been constructed to divert stormwater runoff toward planted areas.
- Complete the Washington Road stream restoration (see sidebar photo).
- Install real-time green roof performance data at the electronic performance dashboard in Butler College.
- Study impact of Washington Road stream restoration on local water quality and during peak runoff events.
- Assemble and analyze data on Frick Chemistry Laboratory rainwater and condensate collection.
- The Neuroscience and Psychology complex will feature a stormwater reclamation system for non-potable use, as well as permeable pavement and rain gardens.
- Sustainable stormwater strategies will be incorporated into the future Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and Arts and Transit Neighborhood, as well as all other major building projects.