The company was one of 15 winners selected from a total of 52 applications sent to the DEP. The 15 winners will share approximately $3.8 million of funds to build green infrastructure projects that will reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in New York Harbor.
“The Green Infrastructure Grant Program has yielded 15 innovative projects, exemplifying how city government can partner with our communities to advance the goals of PlaNYC,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith. “The city has been combating the negative impacts of stormwater runoff for years, and we have developed a cost-effective strategy to find solutions across the five boroughs.”
During heavy storms, the sewer system often reaches capacity and must discharge a mix of stormwater and wastewater—called a combined sewer overflow (CSO)—into the city’s surrounding waterways.
As part of the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan that calls for investing $1.5 billion over the next 20 years to reduce sewer overflows, the grant program enables the city to partner with community organizations, businesses and not-for-profits to address stormwater runoff from private property.
The grants will be used for a wide variety of innovative and creative stormwater controls, including green roofs, blue roofs, porous concrete, bioswales, and other measures to reduce and manage as much as 5.7 million gallons of stormwater a year.
“The 15 winning projects are shining examples of the creativity and innovation of New Yorkers who care about their neighborhoods and the environment,” said DEPCommissioner Cos Holloway.
AWISCO, located at 55-15 43rd Street, will work in partnership with the Newtown Creek Alliance and Highview Creations LLC to build a green roof on an industrial building in Maspeth. The green roof will manage over 390,000 gallons of stormwater per year and will reduce CSOs to Newtown Creek. The project will be visible from the Kosciusko Bridge and will include a research study on the energy savings of buildings with green roofs.
“With the support of DEP, we will demonstrate a lightweight, cost-effective green roof in the Maspeth Industrial Business Zone that could be appropriate for widespread use on building types typical of the industrial and manufacturing zones around Newtown Creek,” said Kate Zidar, an environmental planner for the Newtown Creek Alliance. “This collaboration between Newtown Creek Alliance, AWISCO, Highview Creations and DEP marks a new chapter in bringing place-appropriate green infrastructure to the Newtown Creek watershed, benefiting business owners as well as the environment.”
AWISCO president, Lloyd Robinson, said that he is always eager to partner with local community development groups and governmental agencies "to improve the infrastructure and quality of life in our city."
"Our Green Roof will protect the water in the Newtown Creek, reduce our carbon footprint and improve air quality,” he said.
Private property owners, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations were eligible for funding for projects that use green infrastructure to reduce or manage stormwater on private property and public sidewalks.
Other institutions who were also awarded grant money include the Bowne House Historical Society in Flushing, Queens College and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.