Video: NYC CoolRoofs Initiative

Story of Success

NYC CoolRoofs is a Seven for 7 honoree, Sustainable Energy for All's recognition for global leaders in the sustainable energy movement.

Like many other cities in the world, New York City experiences hot summers during which asphalt roads and concrete buildings store heat and increase ambient temperature.

NYC CoolRoofs is a collaboration between the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency and Sustainable South Bronx, a division of The HOPE Program, to promote and facilitate the cooling of New York City's rooftops.

The initiative achieves several goals: lowering indoor temperatures by installing energy-saving reflective rooftops, providing local job seekers with training and work experience, and keeping neighborhoods cooler by installing clusters of reflective rooftops.

Installations are provided at no-cost to nonprofits, affordable housing, select cooperatively-owned housing and select organizations providing public, cultural, or community services. Privately-owned buildings can receive installations at minimal cost. The program also supports the city's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, because it helps decrease the summertime peak energy demand for cooling. Since 2009, the program has coated more than 10 million square feet of rooftops throughout the city.

Find out more about the 2019 Seven for 7 honorees.