Environmental Facilities Corporation

The Green Innovation Grant Program

The Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) provides grants on a competitive basis to projects that improve water quality and demonstrate green stormwater infrastructure in New York State. Eligible projects include: Permeable pavement, such as porous asphalt, concrete, or pavers; Bioretention / bioinfiltration and rain gardens; Green roofs or green walls; Street trees or urban forestry programs designed to manage stormwater; Construction or restoration of wetlands, floodplains, or riparian buffers; Stream daylighting, which includes removing streams from pipes and restoring the natural morphology; Downspout disconnection which redirects stormwater from sewers to vegetated areas; and Stormwater harvesting and reuse, for example rain barrel and cistern projects.

Funding Mechanism

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) will execute a Grant Agreement with the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) recipient. EFC will process requests for funding on a cost incurred or reimbursement basis every 30 days. Each applicant submits invoices for EFC approved contracts. All recipients are required to provide proof of payment. EFC can only disburse funds for executed contracts which comply with EEO and MWBE requirements and the prevailing wage requirements under Article 8 of the NYS Labor Law. In addition, point source projects are required to comply with Federal Davis-Bacon Act requirements.

Agency Program Name CFA # Region Applicant Name Project Name Project Description CFA Award Amount Contract Executed Anticipated Completion Date
EFC Meadow Road Stormwater Management 65571 Long Island Town of Smithtown Meadow Road Stormwater Management The Town of Smithtown will use green infrastructure practices to manage stormwater from existing development along Meadow Road. The green practices will intercept and treat stormwater runoff, a source of water quality impairment in Smithtown Bay of Long Island Sound. $150,000.00 Friday, June 29, 2018 - 20:00
EFC Southwick Beach Green Retrofit 65925 North Country New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and His Southwick Beach Green Retrofit Southwick Beach State Park will restore dunes along the shore of Lake Ontario to stabilize the beach and prevent sedimentation and habitat degradation from sand deposition in the adjacent wetland. Installation of porous pavement and bioretention systems to intercept and treat stormwater from the parking lot will further protect existing wetlands. The project will be one of the largest and most visible green infrastructure applications of its kind in the North Country/Thousand Islands Region and will serve as an example and educational opportunity for peer communities. $1,380,000.00 Friday, May 31, 2019 - 20:00
EFC Green Infrastructure Gateway 66448 Finger Lakes City of Rochester Green Infrastructure Gateway The City of Rochester will incorporate stormwater infiltration planters, porous pavement, rain gardens, and downspout disconnection into the Rochester Museum Science Center (RMSC) Gateway. The completed project will provide a significant reduction in stormwater runoff from the site, and expand the Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase at RMSC. $1,300,000.00 Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 20:00
EFC Kingston Green Streetscape 66859 Mid-Hudson City of Kingston Kingston Green Streetscape The City of Kingston will install porous pavers, bioretention and stormwater street trees along Broadway as part of the Kingston Connectivity Project started in 2013. This project will help to reduce the amount of stormwater flowing into the City's combined sewer system while demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure at a highly visible juncture of the Rail Trail Hub along Roundout Creek, which links midtown with uptown and the downtown waterfront. $1,400,000.00 Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 19:00
EFC Bridgeport Green Streetscape 67440 Central New York Town of Sullivan Bridgeport Green Streetscape The Town of Sullivan will construct bioretention, stormwater street trees and rain gardens along a portion of the NYS Route 31 corridor to manage stormwater from the adjacent roadway and properties. The improved streetscape will enhance the Bridgeport Gateway area, improve pedestrian safety and improve stormwater management. $800,000.00 Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 20:00
EFC Tivoli Lake Preserve Stream Daylighting 67944 Capital District Albany Water Board Tivoli Lake Preserve Stream Daylighting The Albany Water Board will daylight a portion of Patroon Creek within the Tivoli Park Preserve. This project will help mitigate erosion, stabilize critical infrastructure within the preserve and use natural resources to provide additional downstream flood protection. $1,100,000.00 Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 20:00
EFC Broome County Arena Rainwater Harvesting 64208 Southern Tier Broome County Broome County Arena Rainwater Harvesting Broome County will capture rainfall from the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in downtown Binghamton and use it for flushing toilets, operating cooling towers, and making ice for the arena’s rink. The system will greatly reduce the amount of stormwater entering the combined sewer system and reduce potable water demand by an estimated 1.7 million gallons per year. $1,750,000.00
EFC Stormwater Management Art Walk 64959 Mohawk Valley City of Rome Stormwater Management Art Walk The City of Rome will install porous pavers, stormwater street trees and stormwater planters within a bike and pedestrian streetscape adjacent to the Erie Canal waterfront. The stormwater management art (SMART) walk will connect the Dominick Street arts and cultural district with the Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area and Downtown Revitalization Initiative target areas.  $640,000.00 Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 20:00
EFC Tracy Plaza Green Renovations 65456 Western New York City of Jamestown Tracy Plaza Green Renovations The City of Jamestown will use green infrastructure to rehabilitate Tracy Plaza, an elevated plaza downtown, to revitalize the arts and culture. The City will install planters, a large-scale green roof system, and a cistern to collect rainfall from the plaza. Harvested rainwater will be used to wash fire trucks and fill their tanks, as well as to water the green roof during dry periods. $1,480,000.00 Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 19:00
EFC Race to the Harbor 54330 Mohawk Valley City of Rome Race to the Harbor The Race to the Harbor Project is located within an officially designated Brownfield Opportunity Area along the City of Rome's waterfront and serves as a direct connection from the waterfront area to the East Dominick Street Main Street Corridor. This project will transform the site into a functioning parking facility to support public and private projects within the immediate area. GIGP funds will support porous pavement and porous pavers, stormwater tree plantings, and bioretention. $450,000.00 Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 20:00 Monday, July 31, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Cornell Green Parking and Outreach 54616 Southern Tier Cornell University Cornell Green Parking and Outreach The Peterson Green Parking Lot Project will transform a traditional visitor's lot in the core of campus into a green demonstration parking lot that serves as the flagship for a new Sustainability Trail walking tour. The project will serve as a pilot for the development of standards and a certification program for green parking lots. GIGP funds will support the construction of porous asphalt, bioretention and stormwater trees. An integrated system of monitoring and sampling wells will be used for water quality and quantity monitoring program to document the benefits of the design for larger scale implementation. $362,468.00 Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 20:00 Monday, October 30, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Buffalo RiverWorks Green Infrastructure Installations 54698 Western New York Buffalo RiverWorks, LLC Buffalo RiverWorks Green Infrastructure Installations The Buffalo River Works Green Infrastructure Installation Project will implement green infrastructure retrofits including porous pavement, extensive green roof and two green walls. All of these infrastructure features will be highly visible and marked with signage in order to educate the public on the importance and impact of these new technologies. $900,000.00 Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 20:00 Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase at Rochester Museum and Science Center - Phase II 55455 Finger Lakes Rochester Museum & Science Center Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase at Rochester Museum and Science Center - Phase II The Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase at Rochester Museum and Science Center - Phase II Project will support porous pavement and adjacent bioretention areas at the Rochester Museum Science Center (RMSC) as part of a Regional Green Infrastructure Showcase. This project complements Phase I, which included an educational pavilion, green roof, rain gardens, rain barrels, bioretention areas, and educational signage. The proposed parking lot, bioretention areas, and related monitoring are important components of the showcase because they demonstrate how stormwater can be managed on an urban site and reduce flow to the combined sewer system. $526,300.00 Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 20:00 Monday, October 3, 2016 - 20:00
EFC East Street Green Retrofit 55624 Capital District City of Rensselaer East Street Green Retrofit The East Street Green Retrofit Project will install curbside bioretention systems along East Street and in the eastern section of the CDTA parking lot in the City of Rensselaer. An innovative heavy duty porous asphalt mix will also be installed along the eastern section of the CDTA parking lot which will infiltrate nearly 75% of the runoff from the existing parking lot. The project will also optimize the effectiveness of the green infrastructure by changing the drainage pattern of East Street in the vicinity of the bioretention systems. This high profile location will showcase green infrastructure and improve the water quality in Quackenderry Creek. $927,000.00 Monday, October 17, 2016 - 20:00 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Tapestry on the Hudson: Green Infrastructure 55809 Capital District The Community Builders, Inc. & 599 River Street GP Tapestry on the Hudson: Green Infrastructure The Tapestry on the Hudson Green Infrastructure Project will develop a 67 unit mixed-income family rental housing development in North Central Troy along the waterfront. GIGP funds will support the installation of porous pavement, green roofs and rainwater harvesting and reuse. $289,350.00 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 20:00 Friday, December 30, 2016 - 19:00
EFC Green Main Street Retrofit 55827 North Country Lake Placid Village, Inc. Green Main Street Retrofit The Green Main Street Retrofit Project in the Village of Lake Placid will construct bioretention and porous pavement to manage rainfall and protect water quality in Mirror Lake along Main Street Lake Placid. $1,850,000.00 Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 20:00
EFC Scajaquada Creek Restoration 56024 Western New York Buffalo Sewer Authority Scajaquada Creek Restoration The Scajaquada Creek Restoration Project will help mitigate flooding and improve water quality between Main Street and Elmwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo. GIGP funds will support restoration of the creek, the floodplain and submerged and emergent wetland areas adjacent to the creek. $1,815,000.00 Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 19:00 Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 19:00
EFC NYC Porous Sidewalk Pilot 56050 New York City New York City Department of Transportation NYC Porous Sidewalk Pilot The NYC Porous Sidewalk Pilot Project will construct 3 porous pavement demonstration projects. NYC DOT will study the possible uses of permeable materials on sidewalks including: design options, costs and feasibility related to durability, operational function and performance, treatment volume, maintenance practices, impacts on existing utilities and infrastructure, and recommendations regarding the use and limitations of uniform standard(s). The pilot sites will be monitored to evaluate the usefulness of each installation type for future projects within NYC. $1,200,000.00 Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Cortland Green Street Retrofit 56367 Central New York City of Cortland Cortland Green Street Retrofit The Cortland Green Street Retrofit Project will integrate green stormwater practices along with pedestrian features, traffic calming measures and bike lanes along Clinton Avenue in the City of Cortland. GIGP funds will support the implementation of bioretention, permeable pavements and stormwater street trees which will make the streetscape more attractive, reduce run-off and improve water quality in the West Branch of the Tioughnioga River. $837,374.00 Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 20:00
EFC Beaver Creek Stormwater Retrofit 56587 Capital District Albany Water Board Beaver Creek Stormwater Retrofit The Beaver Creek Stormwater Project will benefit the City of Albany helping to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Hudson River. GIGP funds will support a constructed wetland to manage stormwater from Ryckman Alley. $450,000.00 Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 20:00 Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 19:00
EFC Home for Heroes Green Innovation 50877 Mid-Hudson Town of Orangetown Home for Heroes Green Innovation The Home for Heroes Green Innovation Project will replace a large paved area at the H4H site with bioretention, porous pavement and a constructed wetland. The green retrofits will help improve water quality in the Sparkill Creek and raise public awareness about green infrastructure practices. $895,000.00 Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 20:00 Monday, July 30, 2018 - 20:00
EFC Upper Union Street Green Stormwater Improvement 57447 Capital District City of Hudson Upper Union Street Green Stormwater Improvement The Upper Union Street Green Stormwater Retrofit Project will use stormwater tree planters to intercept rainfall and prevent it from entering their combined sewer system along Union Street in the City of Hudson. The green street retrofit will include approximately 3,000 ft. along upper Union Street. The stormwater trees will infiltrate rainfall and help to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Hudson River. This pilot project will help the City to decide where to install similar green infrastructure practices throughout the community. $248,400.00 Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 20:00 Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Campus Green Roofs Initiative 50972 Long Island Suffolk County Community College Campus Green Roofs Initiative The Campus Green Roofs Initiative Project will use GIGP funds to convert conventional roofs into green roofs on a portion of three College buildings; The William J. Lindsay Life Sciences Building (Ammerman Campus), the Learning Resource Center (Michael J. Grant Campus), and the Peconic Building (Eastern Campus). $203,708.00 Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Ida Yarbrough Homes Redevelopment Green Roof & Stormwater Retrofit 57755 Capital District Albany Housing Authority Ida Yarbrough Homes Redevelopment Green Roof & Stormwater Retrofit The Ida Yarbrough Homes Redevelopment Green Stormwater Retrofit Project will install green roofs, bioretention, stormwater planters and rainwater harvesting as part of a larger redevelopment of modern, affordable housing in the Arbor Hill neighborhood of Albany. This project will remove stormwater from the City of Albany's combined sewer system. $1,000,000.00 Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 20:00 Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 19:00
EFC City Center Lofts Green Roof 50973 Southern Tier FDG Real Property Holdings, LLC City Center Lofts Green Roof The City Center Lofts project, located in the City of Binghamton, will rehabilitate a vacant downtown building into market rate apartments. GIGP funds will support the construction a rainwater harvesting system and an accessible green roof which will help reduce the amount of stormwater entering into the City of Binghamton's combined sewer system. $284,400.00 Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 20:00 Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 19:00
EFC OCC Green Gateway and Living Lab 53374 Central New York Onondaga Community College OCC Green Gateway and Living Lab The Onondaga Community College Green Gateway and Living Lab Project will transform the Mawhinney Hall Gateway Plaza and West Quad into a showcase for green infrastructure practices that contribute to regional sustainability initiatives. GIGP funds will support the construction of porous pavement and pavers, bioretention, stormwater planters, stormwater tree pits, and rainwater harvesting and use to reduce runoff and pollution flowing into the Onondaga Lake Watershed from existing buildings, parking lots and hardscapes. GIGP funds will also support water quality monitoring and educational signage. $711,000.00 Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 20:00 Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 20:00
EFC I-Square Sustainability 53662 Finger Lakes I-Square, LLC I-Square Sustainability The I-Square Sustainability Project includes the construction of a Net Zero Energy targeted "Youthatorium", centered on youth development and middle skills career mentoring. GIGP funds will support porous pavement, green roof, bioretention, and rainwater harvesting and use. $800,000.00 Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 20:00 Monday, December 30, 2019 - 19:00
EFC Revitalizing Urban Vacant Properties for Green Stormwater Infrastructure 53879 Central New York Atlantic States Legal Foundation Revitalizing Urban Vacant Properties for Green Stormwater Infrastructure The Revitalizing Urban Vacant Properties for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project will transform vacant properties in Onondaga County into green community assets by planting rain gardens and native trees, installing permeable sidewalks, and disconnecting adjacent downspouts. GIGP funds will support implementation of these green infrastructure practices. $1,100,000.00 Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 20:00 Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 20:00
EFC Stormwater Reuse 3890 Western New York Ford Motor Company (Buffalo Stamping Plant) Stormwater Reuse The Ford Motor Company Buffalo Stamping Plant plans to reduce potable water use by collecting and reusing stormwater in a non-contact cooling water system which is used in the Stamping Plant in welding lines and plant-wide air compressors. $135,000.00
EFC Solar 2 Green Roof 6736 New York City Solar One Solar 2 Green Roof Solar 2 will install a green roof as part of becoming the first LEED-Platinum, net-zero energy use and net-zero water use building in any large American city. Solar 2 will display a geothermal heating system, a black water reclamation and reuse system, a solar array on the green roof, and dozens of other cutting-edge energy efficient and sustainable design technologies. $229,000.00
EFC Leatherstocking Mobile Home Park Property Recovery 41195 Mohawk Valley Town of German Flatts Leatherstocking Mobile Home Park Property Recovery GIGP funding will support the stream and floodplain restoration components of the Leatherstocking Mobile Home Park Property Recovery Project. The larger project will remove residential structures from the floodplain and create a linear park along Fulmer Creek to permanently preserve the floodplain function of the site. $466,000.00 Monday, September 14, 2015 - 20:00 Monday, July 31, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Roosevelt Baths Green Parking Lot Retrofit 41427 Capital District NYS OPRHP Roosevelt Baths Green Parking Lot Retrofit The project will incorporate porous pavement into two parking lots which currently drain directly into the Geyser Creek. This will reduce erosion and pollution entering this DEC-designated trout stream. $212,000.00 Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 20:00 Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 19:00
EFC Sustainable Maple Drive Parking Lot Redevelopment 41519 Long Island Village of Great Neck Plaza, Inc. Sustainable Maple Drive Parking Lot Redevelopment The project will reconstruct a parking lot on Maple Drive using porous pavement, a green infrastructure practice. The parking lot serves shared parking needs in the downtown area and will help to revitalize the downtown community and spur economic development. $675,000.00 Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 20:00 Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 19:00
EFC Monroe Community College Downtown Rochester Campus Green Roof 42190 Finger Lakes Monroe County Monroe Community College Downtown Rochester Campus Green Roof Monroe Community College will retrofit two 1920's era buildings with green roofs as the first phase of a high profile multi-phase effort, to incorporate green infrastructure throughout the campus. Green infrastructure practices will be used to reduce runoff and mitigate combined sewer overflows that contaminate the receiving waters of the Genesee River, Lake Ontario, and Irondequoit Bay. $1,639,000.00 Monday, June 29, 2015 - 20:00 Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Green Stormwater Improvements 42324 North Country Lewis County Green Stormwater Improvements Lewis County will use GIGP funds to install green infrastructure practices including porous pavement and bioretention at their Department of Social Services (DSS) Building. This project will treat stormwater runoff prior to entering Mill Creek, a tributary to the Black River. $640,000.00 Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 20:00 Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 19:00
EFC Green Infrastructure Retrofit 42393 Western New York Tri-Main Development LLC Green Infrastructure Retrofit The project will enhance a mixed-use commercial, school, art studio and business area. Green infrastructure practices will include a green roof, a stormwater harvest and reuse system, and porous pavement which will be used to reduce runoff and mitigate combined sewer overflows that contaminate the Niagara River. $930,000.00 Friday, June 29, 2018 - 20:00
EFC Long Street Green Infrastructure 42463 Western New York Village of Williamsville Long Street Green Infrastructure This project involves the installation of green infrastructure in the Village of Williamsville. The project will incorporate bioretention and porous pavement to reduce runoff and erosion, enhance the visual and pedestrian environment, and improve overall sustainability in the area. $1,093,000.00 Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 20:00 Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 19:00
EFC Buffalo Green Site Restoration Demonstration 43510 Western New York Buffalo Sewer Authority Buffalo Green Site Restoration Demonstration This project will implement a green infrastructure program on vacant lots in the City of Buffalo. Bioretention practices will be installed and inspected to confirm their compliance with post construction protocols developed through an EPA Technical Assistance Grant in 2014. The results of this project should identify any barriers and opportunities associated with the full extension of bioretention treatments to the City's typical annual 500+ site demolition program. $1,800,000.00 Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 20:00 Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Heritage Block Green Parking Lot 38881 Southern Tier City of Norwich Heritage Block Green Parking Lot The City of Norwich will make improvements to the "Heritage Block" area of their central business district. The City will use porous pavement and bioretention to alleviate an inefficient and poorly functioning mixed use parking lot, while improving water quality and reducing runoff. $534,000.00 Monday, July 20, 2015 - 20:00 Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 20:00
EFC Conservatory Green Parking Retrofit 39004 New York City The New York Botanical Garden Conservatory Green Parking Retrofit As part of a larger stormwater management project, the New York Botanical Garden will retrofit an existing impervious asphalt paved parking adjacent to the iconic Conservatory, area by installing porous interlocking concrete pavers. $882,000.00 Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 20:00 Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 20:00

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