DEP announces more than $5 million in funding for green projects
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd on Tuesday encouraged community groups, non-profits and property owners to apply for the more than $5 million in new funding that the department is making available for green projects through the 2014 Green Infrastructure Grant Program.
DEP is engaged in a citywide effort to soften the impervious urban landscape to help absorb rainwater that would otherwise drain into the combined sewer system and contribute to combined sewer overflows into local waterways. Through the grant program, funding is provided for the design and construction of projects, such as green and blue roofs, rain gardens and permeable pavers, which will reduce or manage a minimum of one inch of stormwater that falls on the selected properties.
Those wishing to apply for funding can review conceptual ideas with DEP engineers prior to submitting their application, which must be done by Nov. 13. More information and the application can be found on the DEP website.
This is the fourth year of the Green Infrastructure Grant Program and, earlier this year, DEP committed funding for a rooftop farm in Woodside and a green roof in Fort Greene.
Notable projects that were funded during the first three years of the Grant Program and have completed construction include a 43,400 square foot rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a New York Restoration Project community garden in Gowanus and a green roof at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Fort Greene.
DEP will host three workshops to explain the eligibility requirements and guide users through the online application. A fourth technical workshop will be held at DEP headquarters to provide support in computing stormwater calculations and to review conceptual ideas with DEP engineers prior to submitting an application.
The Brooklyn workshop will be held Oct. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the High School for the Arts auditorium (345 Dean St.) For more information, including additional workshop dates and locations, see nyc.gov/dep.
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