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The $22 million Inner Loop East Transformation Project in Rochester, New York, has received the Envision® Silver designation for sustainable infrastructure. To reach Silver status, a project must demonstrate that it delivers a range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the host and affected communities. The Inner Loop renovation is the first Envision-recognized project in Rochester and the third in New York State.

“I want to thank the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure for this award and for recognizing the mutual benefits of the Inner Loop East Transformation Project to Rochester’s environment and economy,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “Congratulations to all the men and women who worked on this project, including the employees of Stantec, CATCO and the City of Rochester. By replacing an underused highway with a complete street illuminated with energy-efficient LED street lights and a design that encourages walking, bicycling and street-level activity, the Inner Loop East Project demonstrates how our efforts to create a cleaner, greener, more sustainable city enhance our goals of creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”

“This project addresses several major challenges in the area including removing the barriers that were created by the underutilized Inner Loop, narrowing streets and breaking up super blocks that impeded pedestrian activity and efficient vehicular travel, and maximizing the development potential of previously vacant and underutilized land,” said ISI President and CEO, John Stanton. “ISI is pleased to present Rochester with an Envision Silver award for sustainable infrastructure. This project demonstrates the ability of infrastructure projects – if planned, designed, and delivered sustainable—to dramatically improve community quality of life, stimulate growth and development, and improve the overall environment.”

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