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Community Environmental Center Welcomes JetBlue Airways to the Cool Roofs Movement

NYC Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and Richard M. Cherry, President of CEC

Long Island City, NY (June 21, 2010)—JetBlue Airways was welcomed into the Cool Roofs Movement by Robert LiMandri, the Commissioner of the NYC Buildings Department, and Community Environmental Center (CEC) on the hot, breezy first day of summer, announced Richard M. Cherry, the president of CEC.

JetBlue’s volunteer crewmembers were on hand to paint the roof with a reflective white coating that cuts greenhouse gas emissions. 

“You are pioneers in this Cool Roofs movement,” said Commissioner LiMandri, addressing the JetBlue volunteers during a break from their roof coating. “If we paint enough roofs in our NYC neighborhoods, we will meet our goal of 1 million square feet. Doing this will reduce the cost of energy and help building owners and tenants alike.” 

CEC’s 8,000-square-foot roof is one of hundreds scheduled for painting since May 12, 2010, when the NYC Mayor’s office launched its citywide Cool Roofs Program.  So far, 215,494 square feet have been painted; 757,732 square feet have been inspected and are waiting for paint application.

JetBlue Airways, which will move its headquarters to Long Island City in 2012, is a signature supporter of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, which is taking place in NYC from June 28-30 and is focusing on environmental sustainability. The low-cost airline will be sponsoring Cool Roofs at two other Long Island City sites: The Noguchi Museum and a shelter operated by the Department of Homeless Services.

Also in attendance at the roof coating were Diahann Billings-Burford, Chief Service Officer of NYC Service, which brings volunteers to City programs and partners with businesses to engage corporate employees in the volunteer effort, and Icema Gibbs, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the JetBlue Airways Corporation.

“We can impact real change across the City with volunteers,” Billings-Burford told the JetBlue crewmembers. “We’re going to save the world, and you’re going to do it.”

CEC, a non-profit company dedicated to energy efficiency and green building solutions, is organizing the painting logistics for the Cool Roofs Program.


For more information about Community Environmental Center: www.cecenter.org

Contact: Alexis Greene, Community Environmental Center, agreene@cecenter.org or 718-784-1444, ext. 156

Alexis is the public relations coordinator at CEC.