Oct 13, 2010 | NYC.gov
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today applied a reflective, white coating to the one millionth square foot of rooftop as a part of the NYC CoolRoofs program.
Over the past year, more than 1,500 volunteers organized by NYC Service – the Mayor’s comprehensive initiative to target more volunteers towards areas of need – and assisted by the Department of Buildings added white, reflective coating to 1 million square feet of rooftop to help reduce cooling costs, energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The program is one of the original initiatives of NYC Service and will help the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030, a primary goal of PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan. The Mayor was also joined by First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability David Bragdon, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chairman John B. Rhea, Department of Citywide Administrative Services Acting Commissioner Donald P. Brosen, and nonprofit partners Richard Cherry, Executive Director of Community Environmental Center and Lisbeth Shepherd, Executive Director of Green City Force at the announcement on the roof of NYCHA’s Betances Development in the South Bronx, where the one million square foot of white rooftop was coated.
“Through NYC Service we are tapping into the incredible spirit of volunteerism in our city and harnessing that energy to tackle some of the challenges government can’t solve on its own and that includes reducing the city’s carbon footprint,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “By simply applying a reflective, white coating, we can reduce rooftop temperature by up to 60 degrees, which translates into reduced cooling costs and reduced carbon emissions – a primary goal of PlaNYC. I want to thank all 1,500 volunteers and 17 companies that made this program’s first year such a success.”
“New Yorkers want to help make their city more sustainable, and NYC °CoolRoofs is the perfect opportunity to do just that,” said Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford. “More than 1,500 volunteers have given their time to coat 1 million square feet of rooftop, and NYC Service will continue to leverage New York City’s assets – most notably a citizenry eager to help – to effect lasting environmental change.”