Attend the NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Annual Citywide Meeting November 15 to Support Green Infrastructure

November 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

If you live in the NYC area, you need to attend the NYC DEP meeting this Thursday, November 15

Recently, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) approved seven plans and has proposed two more – without a public hearing (S.W.I.M. Coalition) – to address the issue of sewer overflows. On November 15th, they are holding their annual citywide CSO (combined sewer overflow) meeting to review these series of Long Term Control Plans (LTCP) for nine NYC waterways.  Everyone is welcome to attend, but you must register first.

The NYC DEP is tasked to protect public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.

Environmental Groups Speak Out

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other groups such as the Storm Water Infrastructure Matters Coalition (S.W.I.M.) have spoken loudly for citizen input regarding the changes proposed to the NYC DEP’s new Long Term Control Plans.  They believe the city’s plans are deeply flawed and would continue to allow massive amounts of sewage to flow into waters across the city.

The environmental groups also feel the plans don’t take full advantage of solutions like green infrastructure — including rain gardens, greenroofs, and street trees — that improve our neighborhoods and keep our waters clean.

Citizen Input Needed to Support Green Infrastructure

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

Highview Creations installed multiple greenroofs at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in 2013, above and below, with partial funding by the NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Program.

Marni Marjorelle of Alive Structures called to let us know that we have to get the word out to help defend the health of New York’s waterways, which in turn includes green infrastructure (GI) and greenroofs, of course.

“We need to show up in numbers at this meeting to show DEP that Green Infrastructure is not just a clean water issue.  Showing up in numbers tells the DEP that green roofs and other forms of GI are important to the entire environmental community as well as a growing industry and a educational tool.

The DEP GI program has not had huge success in the past, but they have made significant changes which will help the program create more GI projects in the future.  This is not the time to give up on this program but time to make it stronger.” ~ Marni Marjorelle, Alive Structures

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

A bird’s eye view of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Playscape and Green Roof.

The NRDC

“Over 20 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted runoff flow into New York waterways like the Hudson River, the East River, the Bronx River, Long Island Sound, Jamaica Bay, Flushing Bay, and the Gowanus Canal every year. Tell Mayor Bill de Blasio and other key local elected officials and decision makers to clean up our water!  We need a better plan…immediately.”~ NRDC November 9, 2017 eNewsletter

The NRDC urges you to take action and send a message to New York City Mayor de Blasio and other key local elected officials and decision makers telling them to keep raw sewage out of NYC’s waterways.

S.W.I.M.

S.W.I.M. is a coalition dedicated to ensuring swimmable and fishable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices – green infrastructure – in our neighborhoods.

“The City’s proposed CSO Long Term Control Plans will not make our waterways safe for recreational activities. They will leave hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage overflows in each waterbody annually, on dozens of occasions per year.  Many of the plans do not reduce overflow volume at all and instead call for diverting raw sewage into the East River or dumping chlorine into raw sewage before discharging it to rivers, creeks, and bays. ~ S.W.I.M. Action Alert

They are asking you to join them at the public meeting and let the city hear from you.  Let them know that the proposed plans for NYC’s waterways do not go far enough and the public expects them to do better.

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, also funded as a stormwater management project by a NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Grant under PlaNYC in 2011.

Meeting Specifics

While the City has held waterway specific meetings throughout the year, this meeting will focus on the whole CSO Program.  Agenda items will include:

  • Status updates on each Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) including those approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • NYC Green Infrastructure Program implementation
  • Coordination the CSO Program and the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program

What: NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Annual Citywide meeting
When: Wednesday November 15, 2017, 6-8pm
Where: CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square West, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

Register for the event.

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

Spurred by the recent success of the citizens of Denver and the passage of the Green Roof Initiative (I-300) last week, the importance of public involvement cannot be overstated.

If you live in New York City, it would certainly be in your best interest to become very familiar with the proposed NYC DEP Long Term Control Plans, and the various groups and interested individuals who are promoting green infrastructure in your area!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Round #2 is open!  Register now for the 50% off discounted rate of only $25 and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

Attend the Denver Green Roof Initiative Town Hall & Rally this Saturday & Sunday October 14 & 15!

October 13, 2017 at 6:03 pm

This Weekend: Denver Green Roof Initiative Town Hall on Saturday

I-300 Town Hall on October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the Green Roof Initiative for a good old fashioned Town Hall at the Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209.

Green Roof Expert, Rick Kile, will be giving an hour long presentation followed by a Q and A.

This Weekend: Denver Green Roof Initiative Rally at Skyline Park on Sunday

I-300 Rally on October 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

And the Denver Green Roof Initiative is holding a rally for I-300 this Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Skyline Park at 1601 Arapahoe, Denver, CO 80202.

The Denver Green Roof Initiative is a grassroots campaign comprised solely of volunteers who are striving to create a new building code, I-300, requiring large buildings across Denver to dedicate a portion of their roof to solar or vegetation.

They’d appreciate your support for getting the word out to vote YES on the November 7, 2017 ballot in Denver County.

Denver Green Roof Initiative Town Hall Rally October 14 15

If you can’t support them this weekend, you can still donate your time for the cause; email volunteer@denvergreenroof.org.

Denver Green Roof Initiative Town Hall Rally October 14 15

Learn More at Denver Green Roof Initiative.

Questions? Please email Campaign Manager Brandon@denvergreenroof.org or call (717) 433-3663.

Good luck with the Denver Green Roof Initiative and we look forward to your continued success!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Round #2 starts on October 16th!

Denver Green Roof Initiative Town Hall Rally October 14 15

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit & Town Hall

September 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Denver Green Roof Initiative

The Denver Green Roof Initiative is a grassroots campaign comprised solely of volunteers who are striving to create a new building code, I-300, requiring large buildings across Denver to dedicate a portion of their roof to solar or vegetation.

As reported here on March 28, for six months now these volunteers have worked tirelessly and were able to gather the number of signatures necessary to be placed on the Denver County, November 7, 2017 ballot.

Kudos to all!

Support the Cause: Triple 10 Challenge

The Denver Green Roof Initiative recently introduced the Triple 10 Challenge:

  • Tell 10 friends about this initiative;
  • Donate 10 hours of your time between now and November 7th;
  • And finally, they are asking for you to donate 10 dollars.

Learn More at Denver Green Roof Initiative

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Certainly, we can all tell 10 colleagues about this super important mission.  And, if you live in the Denver area, it is in your best interest to support this cause and our green infrastructure community!

If possible, please help the Denver Green Roof Initiative with a $10 secure donation to further their cause – which will help promote greenroofs throughout the U.S. as well as North America (Greenroofs.com has).

10 Friends, 10 Hours, 10 dollars.

Denver Ranks 11th Worst in the U.S. for Air Quality & 3rd for Its Urban Heat Island Effect

The tireless Denver Green Roof Initiative Campaign Manager, Brandon Rietheimer, says:

With our federal government no longer paying attention to climate change it is imperative that we take charge at the local level.

Denver is a leader in progressive change. The passing of this measure will show the entire nation the steps that need to be taken now to prevent and reduce the problems of the future. This means clean energy and a cooler city. Join us today in making it a reality and don’t forget to vote Yes on I-300.

According to the Denver Green Roof Initiative, Denver’s own EPA building, which has had a greenroof since 2006, has an average temperature of 80 degrees in the summer compared to the roof across the street, measuring 170 degrees.

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Denver EPA Building greenroof.

How about following the early leader, County of Denver?

Time to Hit the Streets This Saturday & Sunday September 30 & October 1

Do you live in Denver?  Help the Denver Green Roof Initiative spread the word:

We need your help this weekend to begin passing out flyers. For 2 hours, Saturday or Sunday, we will be hitting doors and dropping off flyers to houses throughout your neighborhood! Can you lend us a hand? You won’t have to knock on doors and speak with anyone. Just simply drop off a flyer in a mailbox or at a front door. It’s that easy! ~ Denver Green Roof Initiative

You’ll even get free donuts and coffee for your work!  But if you can’t help this weekend, you can still donate your time.  Email: volunteer@denvergreenroof.org

I-300 Fundraising Benefit on October 7 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Held at the Mercury Café at 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205, VIP Purchasers will receive an I-300 T-Shirt and are granted special Early Access.

VIP: Doors Open, Silent Auction Begins: 4:30pm
Meet and Greet with Founder of I-300: 5:00-5:45pm
Musical Guest “Random Temple” 5:45-6:45pm
Guest Speaker “Jennifer Bousselot” PhD Green Roof Expert 7:00-7:30pm

General Admission: Doors Open: 7:30pm
Musical Guest “Vibe Street” 7:45 to 9:00pm
Silent Auction Ends 8:30pm

I-300 Town Hall on October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the Green Roof Initiative for a good old fashioned Town Hall at the Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209.

Green Roof Expert, Rick Kile, will be giving an hour long presentation followed by a Q and A.

Don’t Live in Denver?  Donate on ActBlue

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Questions? Please email Brandon@denvergreenroof.org or call (717) 433-3663.

Good luck with the Denver Green Roof Initiative and we look forward to your continued success!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Submit your Under 10-Minute Video by September 29th ~ Round #2 starts on October 16th!

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

CounterpointeSRE PACE Program Announces Innovative Financing for Greenroofs

August 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing for Greenroofs

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

If you are lucky to be located in a U.S. state covered by PACE financing, you may be eligible for financing 100% of the costs to fund permanent green energy-saving, water-saving and seismic strengthening improvements – now including greenroofs!

Last week, Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate, a leader in commercial real estate PACE financing, announced the launch of new financing program for the installation, service, and maintenance of greenroofs nationwide.

This innovative new financing program will help property owners comply with San Francisco’s new Living Roof Ordinance for one, and is backed by property-tax assessments funding – known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing – through which the local county or municipality offers a voluntary tax assessment increase in exchange for the funding costs.

“The financing provided by Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate provides financing for 100% of the costs of green roof installation. Through the CounterpointeSRE’s PACE program, the assessment that funds the improvements is repaid with long term, fixed rates through an additional line item on the property tax statement. This will allow hotels, offices, hospitals and other commercial properties to finance green roofs while preserving capital and potentially qualifying for off balance sheet treatment. Assessments are tied to the property, so they may be passed through to tenants, are non-recourse to owners and are transferrable upon sale of the property.

A highlighted feature of the new program is 100% financing that includes all related soft costs such as design, engineering, egress installation, and prepaid service or maintenance contracts for the green roof.” ~  Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

Download the CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program PDF to read more about it and how you and your property may qualify.

“CounterpointeSRE is pleased to work in conjunction with city planners to helps reduce heat island effects, manage stormwater, and increase open space in commercial spaces.

Through this program, property owners can increase ROI, property aesthetics and property value while making our cities more environmentally friendly.” ~ Eric Alini, managing partner at Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading PACE provider, financing commercial real estate clean energy and resiliency improvements nationwide from $100,000 to $50,000,000.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity to fund commercial greenroofs and we need to look more into it!  For more information, please visit CounterpointeSRE.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host