NYC Cool Roof Program

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 6:30pm
Sierra Club Office, 1350 Broadway, Suite 201 btw. 35th & 36th Streets; N, Q, R, B, D, F, M to 34 St.-Herald Sq.; PATH to 33rd St.; #1, 2, 3 to 34 St.-Penn Sta. (at 7th); A, C, E to 34 St.-Penn Sta. (at 8th); #6 to 33 St.; MAP:

Sierra Club Community Event: Making Your Roof Cool
NYC's White Roof Painting Program
Tues., August 3, 6:30 - 8 PM

Sierra Club Office, 1350 Broadway, Suite 201, New York, NY 10018 (Herald Square).
* rom: Stephanie Corrado < stephanie.corrado>

{snip} Sierra Club's monthly community event that will take place tomorrow evening (Tuesday, August 3rd) from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. We had a great turn out for last months meeting, so I hope you will be able to attend tomorrow and join the community to learn more about NYC's White Roof Painting program.

Making Your Roof Cool: NYC's White Roof Painting Program
Tues., August 3 [from] 6:30 [until] 8 PM

Sierra Club Office, 1350 Broadway, Suite 201, New York, NY 10018 (Herald Square).

Join us for a presentation by John Kolp, Sierra Club NYC White Roof Campaign coordinator. Most of the 1 billion+ square feet of roof surfaces in NYC is made of black tar paper. In hot summer months these black roofs will heat up to over 200 degrees. Buildings absorb most of this heat and slowly release it over night, contributing to the urban heat island effect. Roofs coated with highly reflective white paints reduce roof temperatures by 60 - 80 degrees. Columbia University researchers discovered a cool roof can reduce air-conditioning costs by 50% in a one-story building and 25% in a two-story building.

As Center for American Progress says, cool roofs can simultaneously slow global warming by increasing the reflectivity of the Earth, reduce local temperatures in the hottest cities, cut fossil CO2 emissions, and save U.S. consumers and businesses billions of dollars in energy costs, while reducing urban smog and hence cardio-pulmonary disease, and creating more than 100,000 jobs in two years. Not bad, right?

Hear about ways to support this program by:
- volunteering to paint roofs
- get residential building coop/condo boards, property managers, landlords and individual home owners interested in coating roofs white
- finding nonprofit groups willing to paint their roofs with deeply discounted paint donated by the City.

Refreshments from Sarivole Organic Bakery. Seats are limited, so please try to arrive early to avoid disappointment

Please direct any questions to John Kolp at

Hope you can make it!