September 12, 2013 | Article, Campus Sustainability News
Hunter College is a partner with the Mayor’s Office as part of NYC’s Cool Roofs initiative. This project helps mitigate the “heat island effect” in New York City and decreases unwanted heat load inside the buildings that create the cool roofs, helping to decrease the amount of air conditioning needed to cool these buildings on hot and sunny days. A paint that is specially formulated to deflect the heat of the sun is applied to traditional, black tar-coated roofs. By lowering temperatures on the roof and inside the building, the white coating will reduce the College’s energy consumption, carbon emissions and cooling costs.
Hunter College’s Main Campus was chosen by the Mayor’s Office to kick off the 2013 Cool Roofs season with students, faculty and staff along with volunteers from Con Edison enthusiastically joining Hunter President Jennifer Raa and NYC Officials to get the job done. Hunter’s project, which includes Hunter’s Campus Schools, is an important contribution to the New York City Cool Roofs Initiative, which aims to paint a mil
lion square feet of rooftop across the five boroughs each year. This innovative program is one of the many ways the city is fulfilling its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Additionally, the Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI) at Hunter College has built a working prototype of a NYC Cool Roofs Map. The map displays the relative amount of solar radiation absorbed by surfaces in New York City, and identifies which buildings would benefit most from a cool-roof coating.