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Going GREEN

I-Square is proud to be GREEN Our goal is to have the largest concentration of Green Technologies within the area for visitors and the community to be exposed to and learn more about the importance of Alternative Energy. We are well on our way to reaching that goal!

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Traditionally stormwater is carried through the storm system where it carries debris, contaminates and pollutants along the way and dumps onto Durand Eastman Beach.  This contributes to the beach closures throughout the season. We capture and store rainwater from our rooftops for later use in three, 2,363 gallon underground tanks.

We currently have over 18,000 sq. ft. of pervious concrete sidewalks and pervious parking lots.  The rainwater that lands on the previous material immediately drains underground vs. traveling through the storm water system.  WATCH THIS VIDEO on how our sidewalks work.

Additionally, on our 1st building, we  have a 1,765 sq. ft. Green Roof where the rainwater is collected or absorbed by the vegetation.  This space is also for visitors to sit and relax while enjoying something to eat or drink from the Market at I-Square establishments.

Rain Gardens surround I-Square as well that help to mitigate stormwater runoff.  Water that is collected from the Stage Building Roof is used to irrigate the rain garden in front of the stage.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

To help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we have several EVCS in I-Square and are free of charge to the public.

 

LED LIGHTING

All lighting inside and outside of the development is LED.  LED uses 25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

 

THE IMAGINARIUM

Our Next Building, The Imaginarium, is currently under construction! This 9,000 sq ft Arts & Science Educational Center is a public space to enjoy and learn about art, alternative energy, sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. As a NET Zero Building, we will be creating our own power using various forms of renewable energy sources including Solar, Wind, Geothermal and People Power. We will have a 2 story, interior Sustainable Green Wall where we will grow vegetables, herbs and more for use in our Restaurants at The Market at I-Square.  The rooftop will also have a high efficiency, all electric kitchen to accommodate visitors on both The Imaginarium and Building 1, which will be connected via a rooftop walkway. WATCH THIS VIDEO that illustrates each component planned within the Imaginarium.

Our two Bergey Excel 10 Small Wind Turbines are up and expect to generate an average of 17,800 kWh of electricity/year, nearly half of our total annual demand for the Imaginarium.

 

This is just the beginning and we plan to expand our Green Technologies as the development progresses.

We would like to thank Larsen Engineers, the Environmental Facilities Corporation as well as NYSERDA for their part in applying and receiving NYS Grants that helped to make GOING GREEN possible.

 

 

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