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University Center Green Roof Wins Grant from NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The University Center’s stormwater-absorbing Green Roof (S.O.M.)


The New School has long been one of New York City’s greenest universities, and our hometown agrees. On April 21, The New School was awarded a New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant to fund the construction of the Green Roof on the rising University Center. The DEP cited the Green Roof’s ability to reduce polluted runoff into the city’s harbors by capturing stormwater as it falls. The city funding for The New School is part of a $4.6 million PlaNYC initiative to protect New York’s waterways with innovative infrastructure improvements.

This support means the University Center will be even more environmentally efficient, helping The New School further our flagship building’s value as a teaching tool,, said New School President David Van Zandt, adding that the grant resonates particularly at a university where many “students pursue careers in sustainability management, environmental studies, and green design.”

Visit the University Center website for more information on the new building’s sustainability features.

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