BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Binghamton City Hall has come up with a very environmentally conscious way to get a much needed new roof.
The city will be awarded the money needed for a green roof consisting of storm water planters and storm water harvest.
An estimated amount of 50,000 gallons of rain and storm water will be collected monthly. The water accumulated will be used by city fire trucks and street sweepers.
Besides being green, officials say the roof has a multitude of benefits.
"The fact that we could spruce it up with some landscaping, a green roof, make it a show-piece for the community, have it be environmentally friendly, and also be paid for primarily from state dollars and address the roofing issues is a win-win in my opinion," said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.
This is was just one of many projects awarded funding from the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council grants.