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: