2012 Green Infrastructure Grant

In the Summer of 2007, Pratt Institute President, Thomas Schutte, joined 13 other major New York City academic institutions in signing Mayor Bloomberg’s 2030 Challenge. By doing so the Institute pledged to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions 30% in 10 years. Not only has the Institute integrated sustainability into its curriculum, we have ambitiously incorporated this challenge into our operations and maintenance. In addition to pursuing extensive energy efficiency measures and the construction of the new LEED Gold Myrtle Avenue building, the Institute’s facilities team has spear headed a series of storm water capture initiatives.

To be considered for the 2012 Green Infrastructure Grant Program, Pratt Institute proposes a suite of green infrastructure projects to mitigate combined sewer outfalls to the East River and the City’s open waters.

Our Green Systems Suite:
– A 2500 sq ft green roof
– An 800 gallon rain water reuse system
– An 5600 sq ft green roof
– A 37,000 sq ft failed permeable pavement retrofit with bioswales

Our Green Systems Suite Design Performance:
– 50,629 gallons stormwater capture
– 8,140 sq ft new vegetation
– $12/gallon captured

In addition to storm water capture benefits, our Green Systems Suite proposal is unique in its educational and community involvement components. The extent of these additional benefits will be detailed later in the proposal, however simply stated; students, faculty and staff institute-wide as well as our local communities will have the opportunity to participate in all phases: design , construction, maintenance and monitoring of this suite of green infrastructure projects. For the purpose of streamlining this application, each project will be detailed individually in the following “Project Description and Analysis” section. In the subsequent “Co-Benefits” and “Community Involvement” sections, the entire suite of proposals will be addressed.

Funded by the 2012 NYC Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure Grant program, Pratt Institute has embarked upon several initiatives to make the many benefits of green infrastructure more visible. Our initiatives have come to fruition under the leadership of our Green Infrastructure Fellows. The fellows, three competitively selected PSPD students each semester, form a support system for the NYC DEP Grant initiatives, ensuring continued PSPD student body participation in the North Hall green roof and Cannoneer Court parking lot projects. In the first, design semester of each site, Fellows have been tasked with creating maintenance, environmental monitoring, and community outreach plans that go above and beyond the requirements of DEP’s program.Each of the three Fellows have been tasked with a specific topic. For the first three years of life of the constructed projects, Fellows will engage in hands-on maintenance and monitoring of each project, and continue to host community and student education events around green infrastructure. To ensure increased exposure within the PSPD’s students, Fellows will rotate each semester, with interested students applying for a single term. After the first 3 years, a trained workforce from the Facilities Management office of Pratt Institute will take over maintenance duties,while Fellows will continue to monitor co-benefits of each project, and to serve as ambassadors of innovative green infrastructure and their benefits to the student body and surrounding communities.

We envision the design, build, maintenance and monitoring of our Green Systems Suite to be a fully participatory process with the Pratt and local community. By engaging all stakeholders, as detailed below, our proposal will reach many diverse components of the community and provide an access point to both benefit and learn from green infrastructure. 
As a good neighbor. The physical campus, with its sculpture garden and ample green space is a destination for our surrounding community. Additionally, the Institute hosts numerous outside programs, outdoor events and lectures. Keeping with our interests in engaging the community outside of Pratt, all of these events are open to the public. Through campus signage, public tours and public access to the Higgins Hall Seigel Gallery (the access point to proposed Site 1), our Green Systems Suite projects will be demonstration pieces where interested parties in our neighborhood can learn about the many benefits of green infrastructure and the importance of community stewardship. 
As an employer. All faculty and staff will be encouraged to engage in the design, build and monitoring of the Green Systems Suite through Institute wide email and print communication as well as quarterly reporting meetings convened by the project management team. Once completed the projects will provide faculty and staff with increased green space and biodiversity, an auditorium and classrooms which are cooler in the Summer and greened parking lot without standing water. Finally perhaps an initiative which fits into all of the proposal’s roles in community involvement, our 2 full time grounds crew will receive the Green Systems: Clean Water Urban Green Infrastructure certificates in both green roofs and public right of way concentrations. Providing them with professional development and the skills needed to take over maintenance of all projects after their first 3 years.
As educators. As an art, design and management school, Pratt is a wealth of expertise in the research, design, creation and documentation of innovative technologies within the built environment. The main focus of our Green Systems Suite proposal is the provide educational opportunities for both faculty and students, during all phases of implementation.