Public Engagement

The State of Green Roofs in New York City

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Auditorium, Room A106, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Rooftops in New York City are an underutilized space and represent critical opportunities for improving social life and ecological habitat in our dense city. Please join us on June 7th at The New School for the 1st Annual Conference of the NYC Green Roof Researchers Alliance to hear, respond, and interact with the latest research on the science, education, and policy of green roofs in NYC.

The Green Roof Researchers Alliance (GRRA) is a consortium of over 50 researchers, educators, and policy makers from 17 different institutions both in the city and New York state. Coordinated by NYC Audubon with funding from the New York Community Trust, The GRRA is studying the benefits and potential of green roofs, working on policy, creating curriculum, and working to improve and expand green roofs in NYC. The GRRA is synthesizing knowledge and needs for advancing green roof investments as part of improving sustainability, resilience, biodiversity and social equity in access to urban nature for all New Yorkers.

The day will include a Keynote lecture from Alan Steel, CEO and President of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center which has the largest and most studied green roof in the city, and presentations by experts in mapping, biology, education, policy, and environmental science. This conference offers a full view of the science, benefits, and use of green roofs. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required

The event is sponsored by the Urban Systems Lab at The New School and NYC Audubon, and co-sponsored by the Civic Liberal Arts Program at Eugene Lang College and the Environmental Studies Program at The New School. The GRRA program is underwritten by The New York Community Trust, A.P.J. O’Connor Fund, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Fund

For questions contact:
Timon McPhearson (
Dustin Partridge (

Event Type

Conferences and Symposia


Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change


Schools of Public Engagement


Environmental Studies



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Getting Here

Detailed Directions

By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.