2006 Green Roofs in the NY Metropolitan Region

New York (2006)- New York City faces a suite of environmental and human health challenges in the 21st century. The need to understand the nature of these challenges, and to evaluate potential mitigation and adaptation strategies, requires innovative scientific research and assessment, coupled with sound land-use planning, technological innovation, and urban policy. This research explores the development of ‘green’ or vegetated rooftops as an ecological infrastructure in New York City.


Green roofs provide multiple environmental benefits by integrating the natural cooling, insulating, and water-retention properties of soil and vegetation into city buildings. There are many potential benefits of green roofs, but we focus on several key impact sectors. These are:
* Energy use and global climate change
* Urban heat island effect
* Stormwater runoff
This research includes data analysis, simulation models, geographical information systems (GIS) and cost-benefit calculations.
For the full article, visit the Climate Impacts Group.
Related Resources:
Full Research Report
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Getting into Greenroofs Webcast
Getting into Greenroofs Resource List
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