Explore New York's Changing Roofscape

Monday 18th Jun 2012 by theWeather Club

Three short films highlight the progress being made on New York's rooftops in a response to climate change. The films entitled, goGreen, goSolar, and goWhite, look at the steps being taken in the Big Apple to transform the concrete jungle in an eco-friendly place, one rooftop at a time.

The films take an interactive journey across New York's climate-friendly rooftops thanks to Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration between The Atlantic, CIR, Grist, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Slate, Wired & PBS.

In the first video, goGreen, the 2 minute long film takes a look at the Urban Heat Island effect and how introducing green rooftops can naturally insulate roofs, provide natural cooling to the city and act as a mini carbon sink for the area. The second film, goSolar, looks at how New York has achieved its solar goals 3 years early with exponential growth in solar power generation and producing 16,000 mega Watts of energy a year, enough to supply around 600 homes. The final film, goWhite, highlights the benefits of painting rooftops white in order to reflect solar radiation, reducing the air conditioning consumption by around 10% and how they meet their annual target of painting 1,000,000 sq ft of New York's rooftops each year in environmentally friendly white paint.

The films can be found on theWeather Club's video section.