Green City Force’s CoolRoofs

June 29, 2010  |   Posted by :   |   Blog,Projects   |   Comments Off on Green City Force’s CoolRoofs»

According to Dejon Barnes, a graduate of the 2010 Green City Force (GCF) Clean Energy Corps: “Being part of the Cool Roofs movement changed my life.”

Randy Quintana surveys a finished roof

Randy Quintana, GCF Corps Member, surveys a coated roof

In 2010, GCF joined with NYC Service, the NYC Department of Buildings, and Community Environmental Center as partner in the NYC oCoolRoofs campaign. Robert LiMandri, the Commissioner of Buildings, wrote in a letter to GCF: “The Green City Force staff and corps members performed a key role in helping the City reach its 1 million square feet milestone for 2010. Corps members alone coated over 500,000 square feet this year!  GCF efforts were critical to the success of the program and have significantly contributed to New York City’s commitment to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.”

NYC oCoolRoofs involves cooling rooftops with white reflective coating to reflect sunlight. Cool Roofs coatings lower cooling costs during the peak electric grid loads of summer by lowering temperatures in buildings up to 10 degrees. This in turn can reduce building energy use by up to 18%- saving money and lowering CO2 emissions.  By lowering building temperatures, Cool Roofs help mitigate the “urban heat island effect”, whereby NYC is up to 7 degrees hotter than surrounding areas during the hot summer months.

GCF Corps Members and Volunteers after completing a roof

GCF Corps Members, BIG Staff, and Volunteers after completing a roof

During the 2010 NYC oCoolRoofs campaign, GCF Corps Members regularly painted or cleaned several roofs a day, starting early in the morning and traveling to different locations around the city. Stephanie Santiago, GCF Corps Member, describes the experience: “First we clean the roofs; then we coat the roofs twice with a white reflective paint. Since we work as a team we have accomplished those roofs like they were nothing.” Corps Members learned job readiness, team-work and new technical skills, and gained leadership experience through helping to lead groups of volunteers. And, they played a key role in achieving an ambitious goal to benefit all New Yorkers- prepping and coating the equivalent of 9 football fields of rooftop all over the city!

In the words of Commissioner LiMandri, “With your hard work and support, NYC°CoolRoofs has made countless City residents cooler and has brought the City one step closer to a greener, greater New York.”

There are many ways to get involved in NYC oCool Roofs. Learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved here: www.nyc.gov/coolroofs

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