Brooklyn Green Roofs: Sitting On Top of the World

I recently met up with Inger Yancey, architect and founder of Brooklyn Green Roofs, a company that designs and installs green roofs atop city homes and offices. Green roofs not only bring a bit of nature back to the city, but create more energy-efficient buildings as well. More information after the jump!

Brooklyn Green Roofs from Heather Quinlan on Vimeo.

Why a green roof, you might ask? Aside from looking more appealing than tar, there are financial and environmental benefits, including:

– Buildings are naturally cooler inside, and the city is cooler outside.
– Less power is required to cool buildings.
– Stormwater is absorbed and filtered by the plants.
– Less polluted water reaches the rivers and estuaries of NYC.
– We can harvest rainwater from the roof to irrigate our gardens.
– Migratory birds, butterflies and bees enjoy an expanded habitat.
– Green roofs produce oxygen and filter dust and pollutants from the air, making our city a healthier place to live.

In addition, NYC now offers a tax credit for those who have a green roof installed, which helps pay a large part of the cost. For more information, check out

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  • Daniela Gioseffi

    I think that green roofs are a superlative idea for all the above aesthetic and environmental reasons, and I hope to persuade my coop building in the Heights to sport one, too. I hope others will do the same all over the city. Thanks Heather Quinlan for a good article and posting. Green Solutions in the South Bronx have found such roofs invaluable to their community. This sort of article makes the Brooklyn Heights blog very worthwhile and vital, indeed. I find many of the articles here very informative of my neighborhood.