Javits Center Releases First-Ever Sustainability Report


The Javits Center has issued its first Sustainability Report, which outlines the efforts to green the largest convention center in New York. The 31-page report details a host of sustainable initiatives implemented at the Javits Center, including a significant reduction in the building’s energy consumption, the creation of a wildlife sanctuary and the establishment of partnerships with educational and community institutions, as well as customers and other government organizations. Read the entire report. 

“From the installation of a giant green roof to new energy-efficient lighting, the Javits Center has made great strides in increasing its sustainability, and we are proud to issue our first Sustainability Report that details our progress so far,” said Alan Steel, President and CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, which operates the Javits Center. “The mission of the Javits Center is to spur economic activity, but we have to be more than just an economic engine. We must be a community partner, and this report illustrates our efforts to improve the quality of life for our staff, customers and neighbors.”

“The green roof has an enormous effect on energy reduction of the Javits Center and, quite frankly, is creating a new model for sustainability and urban infrastructure,” said Joseph C. Cataldo, P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering at Cooper Union. “The drop in temperatures of the green roof over the black roof has been approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit. We have also seen an improvement of nearly 18 degrees over street level temperatures. The Javits Center should be commended for this commitment and I am looking forward to continuing its study.”

“Housing the second largest green roof in the country, the Javits Center has become a laboratory for Drexel students studying both the energy and water balance of this particular type of green infrastructure,“ said Franco Montalto, PhD, P.E., Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to monitor its environmental performance.“