Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores, or mimics natural water cycles. SUNY New Paltz has implemented green infrastructure practices to improve the water quality of the Saw Mill Brook Watershed and the Hudson River Estuary. Green infrastructure practices also enable the campus and the watershed to adapt to changing weather patterns due to climate change.

SUNY New Paltz has constructed twelve different green infrastructure sites demonstrating eight different types of green infrastructure technologies:


Permeable Pavement

at the Route 32 Parking Lot – North


Rainwater Diffuser

at the Route 32 Parking Lot


1,000 gallon Rainwater Cistern for Irrigation
at LeFevre Hall


Vegetated Swale
at the Ponds


Bioretention Area - Above and below grade
Six Bioretention Areas and Dry Swale
at the Lenape Parking Lot


Four Bioretention Areas
at Ridgeview Hall


Rainwater Cistern at Wooster
12,500 gallon Rainwater Cistern for flushing toilets and urinals
at the Wooster Building


Additional sites include:

  • Green Roof at the Haggerty Adminsitration Building Plaza
  • Science Hall – Bioretention areas
  • Engineering Innovation Hub – Bioretention area (under construction)
  • Route 32 parking lot south – permeable pavement (under construction)