Instructors: Gwen Schantz & Ben Flanner
This project will assess the bulk of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s property in New York City and determine areas where water retaining and ecologically beneficial vegetated green infrastructure projects may be implemented. Such green infrastructure projects would include the installation of green roofs, bioswales, tree pits and other vegetated areas on buildings and vacant, under utilized MTA property. They will also include improvements to existing vegetated areas that are poorly maintained or neglected to increase their effectiveness.
The appraisal will focus on the highest impact properties, based on size of the property and proximity to major waterways, and suggested green infrastructure projects will be ranked by scale and cost, so the MTA can most easily put the information to work. The intended benefits of such green infrastructure projects would be to mitigate Combined Sewer Overflow through stormwater retention, increase green space in the city, improve air quality and air temperature, and provide vegetated wildlife habitats that increase biodiversity.