Up on the Roof: A Green Workshop

May 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

If you own or manage a building in New York City, it’s likely that you know a thing or two about managing space. With land at such a premium, New Yorkers are skilled at squeezing every last bit of functionality out of the space we have – extra storage space in a strange basement nook, a bathtub in the kitchen – whatever it takes. But there’s one spot that you may have given up on, or never even considered – your rooftop.

The Network and our partners will host a workshop next Wednesday to introduce affordable multi-family housing owners, developers and managers to the myriad uses for roofs. Speakers will discuss how you can put your roof to good use as a blue roof (managing stormwater), cool roof (reducing heating bills and the urban heat island effect) or green roof (reducing heating bills, managing stormwater and creating recreational space).

Confirmed Presenters:

Kate Zidar, Coordinator (The Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition) – overview of stormwater runoff issues and the importance of stormwater infrastructure.

Dwaine Lee, Green Infrastructure Professional & Consultant; Field Manager – (Sustainable South Bronx) – Green roofs as a way to address stormwater runoff issues; the varioous types of green roofs; their affordability, policies or incentives, etc. 

Jack Coogan, R.A., LEED GA – (OCV Architects) – Some brief green roof case studies; rainwater capture as a way to address stormwater runoff issues; the various types of rainwater capture systems; their affordability, policies or incentives, etc. 

Loretta Tapia, Site Supervisor Coordinator – (Green City Force/NYC CoolRoofs) – a discussion of cool roofs as a way to address a different issue – urban heat island effect – cool roof affordability, how to access city resources for them, etc. 

Managing Lean and Green workshops are open to the memberships of the partner organizations: The Supportive Housing Network of New York, the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, the Pratt Center for Community Development and the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development. Click here to register!

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