Brooklyn Named to List of Top 10 Green Roof Cities

In good news for green building across Kings County, Brooklyn has placed fourth on a recent list of cities ranked by square footage of green roofs.

Brooklyn Grange - Navy Yard - LIC

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (“GRHC”) recently released the results of its 2007 Green Roof Survey, which collects data on the size, composition, and location of green roofs in North America. The survey, which GRHC has been conducting annually since 2004, placed Brooklyn at number 4 on the list of the top 10 green roof cities, with 102,908 square feet of green roofs implemented in 2007. Chicago came in first for the fourth year in a row with 517,633 square feet. GRHC points to Chicago’s policies that support the creation of green roofs, such as F.A.R. bonuses and tax increment financing, as the reason for their repeated superior ranking.

The Green Roof Survey reminds us that green roofs improve air quality, contribute to stormwater management, reduce the urban heat island effect, and are an all-around important component of green infrastructure. The survey also found that green roofs grew thirty percent in overall square footage in 2007. The full top ten list can be found after the jump.

1. Chicago, IL 517, 633 sq ft
2. Wilmington, DE 195,600
3. Baltimore, MD 121,550
4. Brooklyn, NY 102,908
5. Virginia Beach, VA 100,500
6. Royersford, PA 100,000
7. Toronto, ON, Canada 83,055
8. Calgary, AB, Canada 61,720
9. Washington, DC 55,046
10. Philadelphia, PA 46,820

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3 Responses to Brooklyn Named to List of Top 10 Green Roof Cities

  1. Milan Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    I’m surprised that Portland isn’t on this list. I’ve been studying green roofing here, and I know there has been a lot of activity.

  2. Caroline Nolan Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm #

    Hi there,
    Portland has been on the list, and made the Top 10 list in 2006 (No. 9). You can read the results on our website under “Awards of Excellence” for the past years.

  3. Stephen Del Percio Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    Thanks for the comments- Milan, the list is just for green roofs that were installed during 2007. Portland obviously deserves a lot of credit for being ahead of the green curve for quite some time.