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Making NYC greener: City funding projects for green roofs, blue roofs, rain gardens

The city has been working to encourage a green rethinking of the urban landscape.

It is supporting efforts such as green roofs and blue roofs that help to absorb rainwater that would otherwise drain into the sewer systems. Such projects may, in turn, lead to healthier waterways, cleaner air and cooler temperatures during the summer.

Several green projects have already flourished. Here are six of them.

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School

The green roof at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High
Photo Credit: NYC DEP

The green roof at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene is designed to absorb 435,000 gallons of stormwater a year. The vegetation acts as insulation, lowering the building's energy costs. And students get hands-on courses in the environment and sciences.

The Brooklyn Grange

The Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farming business at
Photo Credit: NYC DEP

The Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farming business at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, produces some 50,000 pounds of produce each year. It received a $592,730 grant from the DEP. Besides produce, there are also hens and a commercial apiary!

The Gil Hodges Community Garden

The 3,140-square-foot Gil Hodges Community Garden is located
Photo Credit: NYC DEP

The 3,140-square-foot Gil Hodges Community Garden is located in Gowanus. The New York Restoration Project won the support of the DEP to help install a rain garden or bioswale as well as to retrofit the garden with permeable pavers and flood-tolerant plants.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on East 70th Street
Photo Credit: NYC DEP

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on East 70th Street is a 120-year-old social welfare organization. But just because it is old, doesn't mean it isn't looking toward the future — their effort to create a green roof and garden being good examples of that. The project was finished with a $40,000 grant from the DEP. The 2,400 square foot green roof was designed to lower the building's energy costs.

The Osborne Association

The Osborne Association, a nonprofit that helps ex-convicts
Photo Credit: NYC DEP

The Osborne Association, a nonprofit that helps ex-convicts get jobs, received a $288,000 grant from the DEP to install blue and green roofs at its building in the South Bronx. The project was designed to handle 100,000 gallons of stormwater a year.

Queens College

Queens College received a $386,000 grant to transform
Photo Credit: NYC DEP

Queens College received a $386,000 grant to transform three public plazas and parks with trees, rain gardens, bioswales and permeable pavers. Kiely Hall Plaza, pictured, is an 11,400-square foot courtyard.

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