New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection Considers Green Roof Legislation

In June 2018, New York City Council Members Costa Constantinides, District 22; Rafael Espinal, District 37; Stephen Levin, District 33; and Donovan Richards, District 31; formally introduced a package of legislation aimed at expanding green roofs in New York City as a concerted effort to combat climate change. On January 28, 2019, the Committee on Environmental Protection will be holding a public hearing to discuss the proposed legislation:

  • Int 141 - Local Law to amend the New York city administrative code, in relation to requiring that the roofs of city-owned buildings be partially covered in source control measures.

  • Int 276 - Local Law to amend the New York city building code, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain new buildings be partially covered in plants or solar panels.

  • Int 961 - Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to extending J-51 benefits to owners of multiple dwellings for green roofs.

  • Int 1031 - Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to posting information regarding green roofs on the website of the office of alternative energy.

  • Int 1032 - Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring that the roofs of certain buildings be covered in green roofs, solar panels or small wind turbines.

  • Int 1317 - Local Law to amend the New York city noise control code, the administrative code of the city of New York and the New York city building code, in relation to large wind turbines.

  • Res 66  - Resolution calling upon the State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation that would increase the real property tax abatement for the installation of a green roof to $15 per square foot.

On Monday, January 28, 2019, New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection reviewed several pieces of legislation regarding mandating green roofs, solar arrays, or wind turbines on buildings in the City of New York. The committee heard testimony from industry representatives, local professionals, municipal representatives, and other stakeholders on the merits of passing these pieces of legislation.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and several other partners and members were in attendance to put their support behind these measures through collected letters of support, written testimony, and oral presentations. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities looks forward to helping craft sensible, and useful green roof legislation in the city of New York.

Click here to see video recording and minutes of the Committee Hearing

Click here to see Green Roofs for Healthy Cities testimony, presented by Melissa Daniels, GRHC Board Member and co-owner of Plant Connection

Click here to see testimony provided by the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Technical Committee