Rooftops around town are being painted white as part of the city's effort to go green.
The Cool Roofs Program launches today at LaGuardia Community College.
Because dark colors absorb more heat, the pilot program calls for painting a million square feet of dark rooftops a reflective white color. The aim is to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
"It does two things for every New Yorker. One, every building owner who does it gets a reduced energy bill and all of us love to have that,” said Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri. “And the second thing is it will actually reduce the heat island effect, the temperature on the ground that everybody feels while walking by. So if you do a concentrated number of rooftops, we'll all feel the benefit."
The city is funding the roof coating on city-owned buildings, and is encouraging private building owners to fund the same project on their buildings.
The program is one of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
For more information, go to the Department of Building's website at nyc.gov/DOB.