Green Roof in Wall Street Journal


The Wall Street Journal, one of the country’s largest and most prestigious publications, featured a story on the Javits Center’s green roof in July, focusing on the evolving wildlife habitat.

“I do want us to be a better member of the community,” said President and CEO Alan Steel told the publication. “We are not just a convention center. We have to be more than that.”

Featuring a photo slide show, the article described the 6.75-acre green roof as a “laboratory for environmental groups looking to study how the building’s transformation is impacting wildlife.”

Representatives from FXFOWLE, New York City Audubon and Drexel University all spoke with the Journal to offer their praise of the green roof, as well as the Javits Center’s new focus on sustainability.

Equipped with weather stations and flumes, the roof is expected to absorb up to 6.8 million gallons of storm water a year. So far, nearly a dozen bird species have been observed on the roof, and two of those have hatched chicks this summer.

“You don’t often get the chance to look at such a large green roof,” Franco Montalto, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, told the newspaper. “And that may make all the difference in our ability to understand the benefits.”

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