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City adds 10M s/f of cool roofs

NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner (SBS) Gregg Bishop announced that a City sustainability initiative has installed over 10 million square feet of energy-saving rooftops since it launched in September 2009.

The initiative, called NYC °CoolRoofs, installs a white, reflective coating on buildings in heat vulnerable neighborhoods to reduce building energy consumption and internal building temperatures during the hot summer months.

The initiative also provides local jobseekers with training and paid work experience coating these rooftops. NYC °CoolRoofs is now recruiting for its next cohort, which begins on May 6 2019.

NYC °CoolRoofs is a partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, and Sustainable South Bronx, a division of The HOPE Program.

It is a key component of Cool Neighborhoods NYC, the City’s strategy to help keep New Yorkers safe during extreme heat and protect against the worst impacts of rising temperatures from climate change.

“Under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership, the City is committed to building a more sustainable city for New Yorkers,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.

“By coating over 10 million square feet of rooftops through our NYC CoolRoofs initiative, we are taking a stance against climate change and looking out for the City’s more vulnerable residents.”

“Most New Yorkers who fall ill or die from heat-related illness do so at home,” said Jainey Bavishi, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency.
“This important milestone shows the incredible progress New York City has made toward making our buildings cooler in the face of rising temperatures caused by climate change.”

NYC °CoolRoofs treats roofs with a specialized coating material that allows the roofs to reflect sunlight which, in turn, reduces heat absorption. This leads to an overall cooler building during the summer months.

Installations are provided at no-cost to nonprofits, affordable housing, select cooperatively-owned housing, and select organizations providing public, cultural, or community services. Privately-owned buildings can receive installations at minimal cost.

The initiative provides opportunity for jobseeking New Yorkers to gain experience. Through the ten-week initiative, participants will receive training, 300 hours of paid work experience, and the opportunity to obtain industry-relevant certifications, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 30-hour (OSHA 30) safety certification. Gaduates are connected to employment opportunities once they complete the program.

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