Thanks to a grant from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, an environmentally innovative green roof will be part of the Sarah Neuman Center upgrade.

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A vegetated green roof, porous pavement and vertical gardens on two exterior walls will be featured design elements. The vertical garden wall, (pictured), will help reduce heating and cooling costs—thus lowering carbon emissions.

These new green elements will provide storm water quality management and pollution prevention, which will improve both the nature of the storm water released into the Mamaroneck River and Long Island Sound and mitigate flooding in the area.

When the Sarah Neuman Center renovation and construction are completed in 2016, the campus will feature a new, freestanding two-story Green House® Home and five small houses, three of which are funded through a grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation grant, as well as the existing rehabilitation center and nursing home.