Manhattan College Receives DEP Grant To Fund Green Infrastructure Project

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently recognized Manhattan College as one of the 15 winners of the 2011 Green Infrastructure Grant program.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently recognized Manhattan College as one of the 15 winners of the 2011 Green Infrastructure Grant program. The College will receive $420,125 to retrofit two parking lots (located near Leo Hall on Corlear Ave. and the other lot is at West 238th and Tibbett Ave.) with porous concrete and reduce the amount of stormwater and combined sewer overflow (CSO) being diverted into the Harlem River.

The Green Infrastructure Grant program is part of the New York City Green Infrastructure Plan, which was created to invest $1.5 billion during the next 20 years to reduce sewer overflows. The grant program awarded $3.8 million to community organizations, businesses and not-for-profits to improve water quality in New York Harbor, and fulfills a 2011 State of the City commitment made by Mayor Bloomberg.

The Manhattan College project will replace nearly 35,000 square feet of traditional asphalt with pervious concrete. This will allow rainwater to pass through it and enter the groundwater, mimicking a natural condition. This water will therefore never enter the City’s overburdened combined sewer system. Out of the 5.7 million gallons of stormwater the 15 projects will collect annually, Manhattan College will accumulate the largest amount with 1 million gallons. In addition, engineering students at the College will have the opportunity to participate in the monitoring components of the project.

“Manhattan College is extremely excited to receive this grant, and it comes at the perfect time for the College,” said Scott Lowe, Ph.D., P.E., professor of civil and environmental engineering at Manhattan College. “As we embark on educating a new generation of engineers with a focus on sustainability, there could be nothing better than having an example of green infrastructure right in our own parking lot.”