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Binghamton City Hall Vegetative Roof 1:03 drone overview of the completed project.
September 22, 2020 Binghamton City Hall unveils its new green roof by WBNG; September 22, 2020 City of Binghamton’s Green Roof Project Completed by Dylan Kuhn in WICZ; March 12, 2020 Part of Binghamton City Hall Closes To Go Green by Jessica Kisluk in WICZ; March 11, 2020 City Hall Green Roof Project Begins, City Council Chambers Closed Two Months For Construction City of Binghamton Press Release; March 11, 2020 Work Starts on $2.1 Million Binghamton City Hall “Green Roof” by Bob Joseph in WNBF; December 15, 2017 Binghamton City Hall roof going ‘green’ with REDC money by staff in Spectrum News.
Binghamton is the first municipality in Broome County, New York to have a green roof project which also includes eight stormwater planters to absorb, store, and evaporate rainfall.
“Binghamton’s green roof will be a symbol of ongoing progress in sustainability, resiliency and innovation. We continue to lead the region by embracing and securing funding for smart green project as we face the environmental challenges of the 21st century.” ~ Mayor Richard C. David, City of Binghamton, 2020
The Binghamton City Hall green roof’s vegetation and drainage system will collect approximately 325,000 gallons of rain water annually that would normally go through the sewer system. It is expected the harvested water will be used by city fire trucks and street sweepers.
The $2.1 million project is primarily funded by a $1.6 million dollar state grant through New York State’s Environmental Facility Corporation.
“The fact that we could spruce it up with some landscaping, a green roof, make it a show-piece for the community, have it be environmentally friendly, and also be paid for primarily from state dollars and address the roofing issues is a win-win in my opinion.” ~ Binghamton Mayor David, Spectrum News 2017
Roof leaking had caused some damage in the council chambers and the roof needed to be replaced in any case.
“If we were just doing a regular roof, the City of Binghamton would have to pay for 100 percent of the cost.” ~ Mayor David, WICZ 2020
Mayor David had proposed the project in a 2017 State of the City address. The Binghamton City Hall Green Roof was just one of many projects awarded funding from the 2017 round of Regional Economic Development Council grants.
Solar panels on top of Binghamton City Hall are planned in the second phase of the project.