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Green Infrastructure Retrofit Manual

The City of Rochester, in partnership with Monroe County, New York Sea Grant, and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), has developed a Green Infrastructure Retrofit Manual designed to provide guidance to planners, municipal staff, design engineers, and maintenance personnel to successfully incorporate green infrastructure (GI) practices in retrofits and redevelopment projects within the City of Rochester and Monroe County.

Implementing the GI design recommendations, best practices, guidelines, and maintenance protocols within the Manual will result in the following benefits:

  • Increased community resiliency
  • Reduction in nuisance flooding
  • Reduction of expensive end-of-pipe water treatment
  • Water quality improvements to impaired water bodies
  • Improved quality of life
  • Elevated property values
  • Enhanced streetscape appearance and better community design
  • Opportunities for interaction with natural systems in urban settings

Download the manual and its appendices below:


Please contact Anne Spaulding in the City’s Office of Energy and Sustainability at (585) 428-7474, or email her.