Con Edison Media Relations
CON EDISON MEETS THE METS, 'COOLS' A YMCA ROOF WITH WHITE COATING
NEW YORK — Volunteers from Con Edison and the YMCA of Greater New York joined four New York Mets players yesterday to spread a “cool” white coating on two Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA roofs in Brooklyn.
Jason Bay, Ike Davis, Jonathon Niese and Ryota Igarashi of the Mets joined 15 volunteers, soaking paint rollers and spreading the reflective coating across the 14,300 square-foot of roofing at Bedford Avenue and Monroe Street.
Con Edison sponsored the coating as a partner in NYC Cool Roofs, a program Mayor Michael Bloomberg started to promote roofs that conserve energy, curb global warming, and lower urban air temperatures.
“This white roof sets a great green example,” said Saddie L. Smith, Con Edison’s vice president for Facilities. “It protects the environment, and will help the Y reduce its electric bill.”
“Helping the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA cut its energy use helps all of us,” Smith added. “If less energy is used, less needs to be generated, and our collective carbon footprint is smaller. The YMCA of Greater New York has aided generations of New York’s kids, and this example is another illustration of their community leadership.”
When Con Edison and the city announced the “Cool Roofs” partnership last month, the company pledged to promote the program in customer bills and work with building owners to identify energy efficiency programs that could save energy and money.
Con Edison has already installed nearly 250,000 square feet of white roofing membranes on its own buildings and has plans to install another 156,000 square feet of white roofing by year’s end.
Con Edison also sponsored research by Columbia University scientists into the environmental and energy-saving benefits of green and white roofs atop its Learning Center, the company’s training and conference center in Long Island City, Queens.
The study (www.coned.com/coolroofstudy) released last month showed the green roof, consisting of 21,000 plants, preserved wintertime building heat while also keeping the facility cooler during the summer. The white roof, meanwhile, provides summer energy-saving benefits, when it absorbs less heat than a dark roof.
“Cool Roofs” are just one of many steps Con Edison has taken to reduce its carbon footprint. The company reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 36 percent, or by about 2.4 million tons, between 2005 and 2009 by using cleaner fuels, making upgrades at company steam plants and substations, and by greening its transportation fleet.
Con Edison’s commitment to environmental responsibility has been recognized by the global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and other organizations. For additional information, visit us on the Web at www.conEd.com, at our green site, www.conEd.com/thepowerofgreen, or find us on Facebook at Power of Green.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York