Posts tagged ‘green roofs’
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection earlier this month named the winners of $3.8 million in grants for infrastructure projects to reduce storm water runoff in the city.
The biggest winner? The Brooklyn Navy Yard. It received a $592,730 grant to build a 40,000-square-foot commercial rooftop farm at Building No. 3, one of more than 40 buildings in the 300-acre industrial park.
The farm will be built in partnership with the Brooklyn Grange, the one-acre rooftop farm operation in Long Island City, Queens. (more…)
New York City was one of the top 10 cities leading the nation in the installation of green roofs in 2010. According to industry trade group Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, it added more than 200,000 square feet of green roofs last year, ranking third behind Chicago and Washington, D.C. Chicago, the nation’s green roof leader, installed more than 500,000 square feet of green roofs.
GRHC found that the green roof industry in North America grew by 28.5% in 2010, up from 16% in 2009. It has surveyed the North American green roof industry every year since 2004.
For details of the 2010 survey, click here.
New York City is offering building owners another incentive to put soil rather than asphalt on their roofs. The Department of Environmental Protection announced up to $3 million in grants for green roofs and other infrastructure projects that help reduce storm-water runoff.
Just as people are getting used to the idea of city roof-grown vegetables and herbs, along comes a radical new concept in urban food growing: edible walls. Though it’s hard to picture picking tomatoes and peppers from a wall, it might well be a reality should companies like Green Living Technologies take off. In this article in the New York Times, Ken Belson writes about emerging companies that are leading the way in this new area of food production.
Edible walls have already made it to New York. The article mentions a Manhattan first-floor apartment dweller who installed an edible wall in his backyard deck. What grows from the wall? Strawberries, lettuce, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme and more.