Syracuse University students at the City of Knowledge
In January 2011, a group of students and professors from the civil and environmental engineering department’s Senior Design course at Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science spent a week at the City of Knowledge. The reason was to see how they could redesign the existing City of Knowledge campus drainage to store more of the existing water on campus and reduce the runoff.
The team stayed on site, surveying the grounds and conducting topographical research to help determine ways that the City of Knowledge could meet its goals. The students proposed three changes to the City of Knowledge campus that included the construction of rain gardens in two strategic locations to capture water runoff, the installation of two bioswales, which are landscape elements that help remove silt and pollutants from runoff water, and the construction of a detention basin to store water. All the proposals were then presented in a large report for the engineering staff at City of Knowledge so they could implement these plans as opportunity provides.
The City of Knowledge has a stated goal to become LEED Neighborhood Certified, an environmental standard set by the U.S. Green Building Council. One requirement to achieve certification is for the campus to have zero storm runoff, a lofty goal that gets closer everyday with initiatives such as this one.