As a quick follow-up to our Green Roofs post from last week, we wanted to call attention to a great article in the Villager about the growing Green Roof movement in NYC.

Although New York City is still lagging far behind Chicago and many European and Asian cities, green roofing is finally started to pick up here. Community arts center ABC No Rio is renovating its dilapidated four-story tenement building in the Lower East Side to include an extensive green roof. The Lower East Side Girls Club is also renovating with plans to build two green roofs, one of which they will use to grow herbs for their cafe. (All this greening in my neighborhood!)

Still, as Leslie Hoffman, director of Earthpledge, points out: there are probably about 50 green roofs in New York City at the moment. Compare this to Chicago’s estimated 2 million square feet of green roofs, and you can see we have a lot of catching up to do.

Here are some resources to help get started:

+ Greening Gotham, a fabulous interactive website with a green vision for New York City.
+ Earthpledge
+ Green Roofs: Ecological Design and Construction

Via The Villager via Curbed

(Click here) to see more green roof photos from the Greening Gotham website)

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  1. Vinh Doan November 20, 2005 at 5:49 am

    This is a good idea for a new green city in the future. i wonder how to plan a big plant on the roof, how to resist water, … please show me

  2. C.J. November 19, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    I’m fairly certain Chicago’s green movement is fueled by our charismatic leader Mayor Daley’s love of green roofs and the money offered by city government you mentioned in your previous post. While I agree that green roofs are good, it seems weird to me that money is spent encouraging wealthy people to create private relaxation areas, especially when the El trains are rusting away on the tracks.

  3. Garry November 18, 2005 at 11:06 pm

    As long as the skyline at night doesn’t show any green, I’m fine by this.

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