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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: May 24, 2011
9:00 a.m.


NEW YORK - Con Edison is once again taking its commitment to the environment up to the roof.

The company is a lead sponsor of NYC Cool Roofs 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to encourage the creation of “white” or “cool” roofs that save energy, curb global warming and lower urban air temperatures.

Con Edison will call upon its corps of volunteers to go to sites across the city and help spread white coating on roofs. The company will also promote the cool roofs program in bill inserts and paid advertising.

This is the second consecutive year that Con Edison has been lead sponsor of the program. Last year, Con Edison partnered with the city and installed more than 200,000 square feet of white roofing on its buildings. The company also sponsored the coating of roofs atop two YMCA buildings in Brooklyn and Queens.

“Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership, the ‘cool roofs’ program got off to a great start in 2010,” said John Banks, Con Edison’s vice president for Government Relations. “Private building owners, the city and the nonprofit community came together to reduce energy bills and protect the environment. Con Edison is proud to be a lead sponsor of NYC Cool Roofs for a second straight year.”

Since 2005, Con Edison has installed more than 500,000 square feet of white roof membranes on its facilities, including its headquarters in Manhattan, substations and other buildings.

Con Edison’s participation in the city’s cool roofs program is one of many initiatives the company has taken to reduce its carbon footprint. The company is “greening” its fleet of vehicles, providing customers with incentives to reduce energy usage and making upgrades at substations and steam plants to reduce emissions.

Con Edison also has a green roof -- 21,000 plants atop The Learning Center training and conference center in Long Island City, Queens. Researchers from Columbia have conducted extensive studies on the green roof and adjoining white roof and determined that they both save energy and help keep area air temperatures cool.

Con Edison supports over 1,000 nonprofit organizations in its New York City and Westchester County service area in order to strengthen neighborhoods, sustain communities and improve lives. The company’s philanthropic efforts support the arts, environmental stewardship, and important educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of Con Edison’s 14,000 employees share a personal commitment to the region’s vitality through their own volunteer efforts and also choose to support education by utilizing the company’s matching gifts program.

For additional information, visit us on the Web at, at our green site,, or find us on Facebook at Power of Green.

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