Con Edison’s The Learning Center is located at 43-82 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101; 718.425.6217; http://www.coned.com/tlc/. Read the 8.28.08 Con Edison Press Release, “Con Edison Installs Its First Green Roof,” here. Learn about the following companies in The Greenroof Directory: GreenGrid and Emory Knoll Farms.
Con Edison’s The Learning Center (TLC) is a 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art training and conference facility conveniently located in Long Island City, Queens, just across the East River from Manhattan.
Con Edison’s first green roof is growing on the company’s three-story Learning Center training and conference facility. Con Edison expects the green roof to improve air quality and to conserve energy by reducing the amount of heat absorbed by conventional roofs. More than 21,000 plants occupy over a quarter acre of the Learning Center’s rooftop. The plants absorb heat, keeping the building cooler and reducing the need for air conditioning. The roof is projected to save up to 30 percent of the Learning Center’s peak-cooling costs.
The GreenGrid green roof demonstration, a collaborative effort with Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research, will evaluate the benefits of the green roof and measure energy savings, roof surface temperatures, and air quality improvements. Columbia University scientists will analyze the results,” (Con Edison, 2008).
Though it is the first of its kind at a Con Edison facility, this is not the company’s first experience with green roofs. In 2004, a company research and development team helped create a green roof at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City and helped raise funds for its installation. Con Edison also backed an educational project comparing green and cool roofs on the American Banknote Building in the South Bronx for Sustainable South Bronx.