(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, volunteers and community members today launched the Mayor’s Cool Roofs program, a new servePGH initiative that will coat the roofs of 10 City-owned buildings with reflective paint, making them more energy efficient. Following a kickoff event later this week, community volunteers are scheduled to paint the roof of Fire Engine 27 in Mt. Washington in the program’s first step to lower the City’s Co2 emissions and reduce Pittsburgh’s carbon footprint.
“Cool Roofs is another volunteer-fueled step forward in our efforts to make Pittsburgh a greener, more sustainable City,” Ravenstahl said. “By reducing internal building temperatures, we will decrease our energy usage, lower our carbon footprint and reduce operating costs – saving taxpayer dollars. Cool Roofs showcases our commitment to Pittsburgh’s sustainable future and the tremendous impact of volunteerism our city.”
The Cool Roofs program, based on the Cities of Service Cool Roofs Blueprint, will equip Pittsburgh with more sustainable and energy-efficient buildings by coating City-owned buildings with white reflective paint, reducing internal building temperature by up to 30 percent and lowering Co2 emissions. In its first year, 10 roofs will be coated, covering approximately 50,000 square feet and reducing the City’s Co2 emissions by 50 tons. The City’s Department of Public Works will work with volunteers to clean and paint the roofs, and all will receive safety and instruction training. Organizations interested in volunteering, in groups of 10-20 volunteers aged 18 or older, should contact servePGH at 412-255-2280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded by $56,000 allocated from a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund Grant and $25,000 from the City’s Green Trust Fund, Cool Roofs is a combined effort between Mayor Ravenstahl’s Office of Service & Civic Engagement, Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Public Works. The City of New York, the first City to implement Cool Roofs, has continually donated its time and resources to help bring Cool Roofs to Pittsburgh. Additionally, the Student Conservation Association has offered support through the Green Cities Fellow Corps and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority provided water bottles for volunteers.
For more information about Cool Roofs, a calendar of painting dates and other project information, please visit pittsburghpa.gov/cool-roofs.
As co-chair of the Green Government Task Force, Mayor Ravenstahl remains dedicated to promoting clean energy initiatives. Since spearheading the City’s adoption of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan in 2008, the Mayor has led the City in taking great steps toward a greener, more sustainable City. To date, business district streetlights have been converted to energy-efficient LEDs, recycling and blight reduction programming has expanded and “Green Central” – the City’s first one-stop-shop for information about sustainability – is set to open later this year.
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About the Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency
The Sustainability Coordinator is tasked with implementing the municipal recommendations of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, adopted in August 2008, as well as collaborating with individuals from all departments to strengthen existing environmental initiatives and ensure that sustainability is integrated into all City operations.
Since its creation, the office has led initiatives to reduce energy use in City-owned buildings, utilize solar energy in City operations and involve citizens through activities like recycling and tree planting.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687