On Thursday, June 7th, 9am-5pm,the first annual NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance Conference will take place at The New School (66 W 12th Street Auditorium (A106) New York, NY 10011).
The Alliance consists of researchers, educators, and policymakers from multiple NYC institutions . They are all looking into the benefits of the addition of more green roofs to NYC’s buildings.
Green roofs are the tops of buildings that are either partially or completely covered with vegetation. The vegetation grows on top of a waterproof layer that protects the building. There are many benefits to creating more of these kinds of rooftop environments.
Some of the potential benefits include:
creating a habitat for nearby wildlife
helping to lower urban air temperatures and improve air quality
The conference will include a speech from Alan Steel, CEO and President of the Jacob K. Javits Convention (home of the largest green roof in the city) and further discussion of benefits of the Green Roofs as well as observation of other cities that have widely adopted this use of rooftops.
The conference is free and open to the public. Register here if you wish to discover more about this environmental plan!
Now that the warm weather is (finally) here, we’ve got some good news for barbecue fans.
NYC Parks has announced that three new barbecue areas have been created at McCarren Park. Park users will now see nine double-headed grills, 18 picnic tables and three large charcoal bins in three locations near Vincent Abate Playground.
The new barbecues, tables and bins were installed over the last two weeks, and have already been put to good use.
Last year, 2,059 special events permits were issued by Brooklyn Parks between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Any event involving more than 20 people requires a special events permit.
Parks also sent a reminder for barbecuers to pick up after themselves and their litter as they enjoy the space.