When it rains on QC’s Dining Hall Plaza, it pours . . . everywhere. Each year, nearly 20,000 gallons of stormwater runs off the impervious 18,000-square-foot area. But a new grant from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection will allow the college to replace plaza materials with a system that directs rainwater into the ground—the latest such project built on campus.
“I am very happy to see that Queens College will be one of the institutions receiving awards as part of the city’s enormously vital Green Infrastructure Grant Program,” says Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. “The college will be using the grant to retrofit its Dining Hall Plaza with rain gardens, permeable pavers, and trees.”“Queens College is proud to do our part in minimizing the runoff of stormwater into Flushing Creek,” adds Dave Gosine (Facilities Design, Construction, and Management). “The grant allows us to once again rise to the top of CUNY's leadership in implementing sustainable and innovative development on campus.”