Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Winter 2015 - 1


FROM THE FOUNDER

THE CHALLENGE:

TWENTY-FIVE MILLION SQUARE FEET OF
GREEN ROOFS FOR NEW YORK CITY BY 2022!

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t our 10th Anniversary CitiesAlive in
Chicago in 2012 we proposed to work
together to increase the amount of
green roofs installed in the U.S. and
Canada by 1 billion square feet by 2022.
This aspirational goal represents a significant increase over the approximately
100,000 million square feet installed in
our first 10 years. In order to attain this
goal, we need to work really hard to convince even more policy makers to include
green roof regulations and incentives as
part of their ongoing efforts to manage
stormwater, save energy, reduce the urban
heat island effect, generate employment
opportunities, reduce air pollution and create healthy new green spaces - all of which
contribute to more resilient, healthy, liveable, happy and sustainable communities.
At CitiesAlive New York in October
2015, we issued a challenge to New York's
public and private sector leadership to work
towards the goal of contributing their portion of our 1 billion square foot goal, on a
per capita basis, or 25 million square feet of
green roofs installed by 2022. Significant
green roof and wall progress has been made
in New York, to be sure, but the Region

still falls far behind its full potential of
implementing these technologies. In 2014,
Metropolitan New York installed approximately 350 thousand square feet in total.
In order to reach 25 million square feet by
2022, they would need to install an average
of 3 million square feet every year. Given
the climate change challenges it faces (see
interview with Cynthia Rosenzweig in this
issue), green roof implementation has the
potential to not only help make the city
become more resilient, but also contribute
to all of the growth, equity, sustainability
and resiliency goals of Mayor de Blasio.
During the conference, we identified
new opportunities to focus green roof and
wall incentives and regulations in areas,
such as specific neighborhoods, where they
will provide the greatest public benefit:
communities that experience regular flooding or more intensive urban heat island
effects. Additional research is needed to
fine tune policies no doubt, but in the
meantime fixing an ineffective tax incentive
and significantly expanding grant programs
would go a long way to helping improve
implementation in the short term.
Meanwhile, other cities, such as Portland,

Oregon and San Francisco, California are
now developing mandatory green roof requirements that may become law in 2016.
Countries such as France and Ireland are
also in the midst of considering either
mandatory requirements or financial incentives for all new buildings. Public sector
investment brings a tremendous opportunity to deliver a multitude of public benefits from widespread green roof and wall
implementation, (see OTRW... In Pursuit
of Happiness) and also the opportunity to
become extremely creative in designing
and implementing entirely new building
envelops. In this, the Awards of Excellence
Issue, we bring you details of some of these
incredible projects, from Northern Alberta
to Southern Florida.
Thank you all for your support, and
happy holidays.

Steven W. Peck, GRP
Founder & President, GRHC

LAM INDEX
Amount of NYC committed investment
in housing/infrastructure by 2018:
$17 Billion

Construction jobs from 25 million ft2 created: 15,000
Annual maintenance costs of 25 million ft: $26 million
Number of maintenance jobs: 900

Estimated cost of 25 million ft2
(70% extensive/30% intensive/10% food):
$628 Million

Selected annual public and private benefits resulting
from 25 million ft2 (energy, stormwater, urban heat
island, tax revenue): $75 Million

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