St. John's Riverside Hospital Receives Grant For Green Roof Initiative
8/1/2012 1:28 PM
St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y. has been given $990,000 from New York State to renovate several rooftops. This funding will transform seven asphalt roof areas with new green rooftops. This installation will cover approximately 17,000 to 24,000 square feet of roof.
“The green roof tops are designed to reduce the hospital’s energy consumption, improve our energy efficiency, and slow local storm water run-off, “ said Ronald J. Corti, President & CEO of St. John’s Riverside Hospital. “As a hospital, we are also interested in the intangible benefits including increased patient healing and a better environment and experience for patients, staff and visitors,” he said. We pride ourselves on our ‘green initiative’ focus and this seemed a natural next step in our efforts.”
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Matthew Driscoll said, “This will be one of the largest green roof projects in New York State and it is being financed with one of the largest Green Innovation Grants ever awarded by the state. In addition to reducing and slowing storm water runoff, these rooftop gardens will also extend the life of these roofs, while providing noise and thermal insulation. They will also increase the energy efficiency of these buildings, lowering the hospital’s costs for heat, electricity and air conditioning. The hospital administration should be congratulated for such innovative planning and forward thinking.”
The Facilities Corporation created the Green Innovation Grant Program using federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. New York was the only state to apply its "green" dollars in this manner. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized this groundbreaking program earlier this year with a 2012 Environmental Quality Award.
More than 100 green projects - ranging from rain-absorbing garden roofs to the unearthing of the Saw Mill River in downtown Yonkers - have been selected for nearly $80 million in green funding since 2010. New York expects to leverage approximately $160 million in total project investments for the projects receiving Green Innovation grants.
The Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) is now one of the funding programs available to local governments, non-profit agencies and private businesses through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). Proposals through the CFA are considered by one of 10 Regional Economic Development Councils created by Governor Cuomo to guide state funding of important economic development projects.
To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov.