Sourced from Real Estate Weekly
The Javits Center has become an unlikley hero of the green building movement.
In its latest sustainability report, the 2.1M s/f expo center says efforts to improve sustainability are helping breed wildlife, power properties, slash fuel bills and make people happy.
“This report proves that smart, simple and sustainable changes to an existing building can have a dramatic impact on our environment, redefining the idea of what a building can be and should be in a dense urban environment,” said Alan Steel, president and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (NYCCOC).
“Our sustainability program has not only improved the quality of life across our neighborhood, but it has helped to boost staff morale, reduce energy costs and reshape the identity of the Javits Center as an example of innovative green building.
“We are thrilled with the results so far and look forward to our upcoming initiatives, such as the opening of a one-acre rooftop farm in 2021, that will further solidify our reputation as a model of sustainability for large venues nationwide.”
The 39-page report details the latest advances of the sustainability program at the facility on Manhattan’s West Side, including the installation of state-of-the-art, energy-efficient equipment and policies, a growing wildlife sanctuary on a 6.75-acre green roof and a new project in conjunction with the New York Power Authority to install the largest rooftop solar array in New York City.
Four new bird species were observed on the green roof in 2018, making it a total of 29 bird species identified since the installation of the green roof was completed in 2014.