Vallone Helps Astoria Save Energy, Prevent Blackouts
Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr., the White Roof Project, Astoria community groups and sponsors, including USPowerGen and Great White Coatings, came together to paint low-income and nonprofit roofs in Astoria with a solar-reflective, energy-consumption reducing white coating, as part of a project to curb climate change, save residents money and reduce the danger of deadly blackouts like the one that plagued Astoria in 2006.
On June 5, the White Roof Project was launched with the painting of Trinity Church’s roof in Astoria. Trinity’s rooftop was coated with a solar-reflective white coating that is VOC (volatile organic compound)-free and comprised of 100 percent solids.
The Astoria White Roof Project will augment New York City’s robust cool roofing strategy and is one solution to urban heat – a major problem for dense neighborhoods like Astoria, where heat-related deaths have been an issue in the past.
“With temperatures and energy costs both rising, white roofing is a simple way for people to save some green while being green,” said Vallone. “I am proud to be working with the White Roof Project and the Astoria community on this initiative, and I am hopeful that it will save residents money, help our environment, and prevent more blackouts like the one we suffered eight years ago.”
Last summer was the hottest on record in the continental United States, and climate scientists predict that such recordbreaking heat is likely to be the new normal.
“White roofing is a cost-effective, tangible solution that allows communities to start making change around these critical issues,” said White Roof Project Executive Director Rachel Laiserin.