The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded Manhattan College with $661,000 of the $2.6 million Flushing and Gowanus Green Infrastructure Grant Initiative to support the installation of a modular green roof for the New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, N.Y. Out of five grant recipients, Manhattan College received the highest amount of grant funding to back a green project.
The DEP grant program was created in order to integrate the use of green infrastructure projects to regulate and capture stormwater runoff during wet weather. The project’s goal is to decrease the amount of stormwater and wastewater being diverted into New York City’s adjacent waterways. DEP currently manages New York City’s water supply and supplies nine million residents with one billion gallons of water each day.
Scott Lowe, Ph.D., associate professor in Manhattan College’s school of engineering and lead investigator for the project, is partnering with HDR Engineering, an architectural, engineering and consulting firm with locations throughout North America, to design and install 20,000 square feet of modular green roof. Manhattan College engineering students will be involved at every stage of the project. Once the roof is installed, students will gather and analyze data over a four-year period to determine how much water is being captured.
“The school of engineering is honored to be chosen as one of five grant recipients,” said Tim J. Ward, Ph.D., P.E., dean of the school of engineering. "Manhattan College engineers are trained and committed to integrating green practices throughout New York City and the grant project will allow our faculty and students to not only assist in improving the City’s water stewardship, but design, install and monitor the entire process for four years.”
For more information about the Flushing and Gowanus Green Infrastructure Grant Initiative, please visit DEP’s announcement at: