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Our friends over at the White Roof Project talk sustainability with Manhattan Borough President Brewer in their latest Change Maker series entry. The Change Maker series is a conversation with elected officials, nonprofit professionals, and environmental advocates working to mitigate climate change in creative and tangible ways. “White Roof Project: During the Bloomberg administration, sustainable building policy was a legislative priority. Do you think that sustainability standards will continue to be a major concern this year? MBP Brewer: Yes, absolutely. Some major concerns include working with schools to make buildings more green. There needs to be more oversight. Sometimes it is as simple as making sure that lights and computers are turned off at night. Sometimes it is encouraging more intensive measures such … More >>
Looking for that easy fix to prevent climate change? Here’s a no brainer that can make a big difference: white roof paint! What’s that? It’s a special coating with a high thermal mass and solar-reflective properties. In other words, it’s paint that keeps buildings cooler and lowers energy use, prevents roof damage, and traps less heat. White roofs can make a big difference in the air temperature. That means a cooler city and climate change prevention. Here’s the story: What’s more? There is already momentum behind white roofs. President Obama supports them, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) provides funding for green jobs including weatherization and initiatives like white roof painting that both create jobs and curb climate … More >>
On Wednesday August 11th 7-11 PM at the 10 Degrees Wine Bar located at 121 St. Marks’ Place the Sierra Club and MYD will be unveiling a brand new website for our joint effort, the White Roof Project. Here’s the story if you missed it previously: MYD’s Environmental Committee has committed to identifying nonprofit buildings with black roofs – and then painting those roofs an energy efficient, environmentally friendly white to reduce the amount of heat the roof absorbs, lower energy consumptions and costs, and reduce stress on the City electrical grid. Recently MYD approached the Bowery Mission about participating in the White Roof Project. With MYD’s help, the Bowery Mission received a free roof inspection from the Community Environmental … More >>
Ah, climate change. An issue that feels so overwhelming as to overwhelm our ability to take action. (Like our Senators — le sigh.) But regardless of whether you wanted a comprehensive federal climate change bill to pass this year or not, there are things we can do on a local level that make a meaningful, real impact on energy use in the city. And if you don’t believe us, well, just check out what our Nobel prize winning Energy Secretary has to say about the matter. On Wednesday August 11th 7-11 PM at the 10 Degrees Wine Bar located at 121 St. Marks’ Place the Sierra Club and MYD will be unveiling a brand new website for our joint effort, … More >>