Gallery: NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces Green Roof Initiative


New York City‘s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is about to add a whole lot of greenery to the concrete jungle. He just announced a campaign to install green roofs, sidewalks and porous parking lots in order to capture excess rainwater and runoff. The idea comes as part of Bloomberg’s PlaNYC goal of making 90% of New York City’s waterways suitable for recreation — right now excess sewer and rain runoff is making them unsuited for fun. The proposed green surfaces would eliminate 40% of the existing runoff into the waterways and save taxpayers $2.4 billion dollars over the next 20 years.

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  1. NASA Photographs Highli... December 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    […] ability to soften the heat island effect. City-wide efforts to increase green spaces — like NYC’s green roof initiative — could reduce the effects of urban heat islands and positively impact the big picture of […]

  2. Cicaeda October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

    What a forward-thinking initiative. As an avid rope-swinger I look forward to the day when I can take a plunge from Manhattan… and not feel like I\\\’m playing STD roulette.

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