07 Jun '12, 5pm

New York’s roofscape is getting a climate makeover [VIDEOS]

Most visitors to New York City crane their necks for a view of the city’s famous skyline, but locals know better: To get the best views, you have to go up. Here’s your chance to take a rare — and vivid — journey atop a few of the city’s billion square feet of rooftops. As the Big Apple faces ever-hotter summers, officials are looking for ways to cool off in some of the only unused space left in a crowded city: rooftops. Fertile vegetated green roofs absorb the sun’s rays, while reflective roofs bounce them back to space. Both are sprouting up in response to a 2008 city rule that requires new roofs to be climate-friendly. Meanwhile, the city is working with the Obama administration to overhaul its hulking construction bureaucracy, making it easier for solar panel installers to turn rooftops into the city’s fastest-growing energy provider. Climate Desk strapped on hardhats, ...

Full article: http://grist.org/cities/new-yorks-roofscape-gets-climate-...

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