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City offers green project funds

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

Community groups, other nonprofit organizations and property owners are being encouraged to apply for $6 million in grant money the city is offering for environmental projects that improve drainage, such as rainwater-absorbing green roofs.

Several workshops will be held to assist would-be applicants, including one in Queens that is set for 1 to 5 p.m. April 9, in the cafeteria at the Department of Environmental Protection office at 59-17 Junction Blvd. in LeFrak City.

The goal of the Green Infrastructure Grant Program is to support projects that will reduce the strain of rainwater on the city’s combined sewer system by turning hard surfaces such as concrete into permeable ones such as the soil on green roofs. Details are available at nyc.gov/dep. Spring applications must be submitted by May 6 and fall applications by Oct. 21.

“With the reality of climate change upon us and rising water tables, it is critical that New York City continues to invest in green infrastructure projects that will ensure communities are more resilient than ever,” City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said in the DEP’s announcement.

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