West Philadelphia CDC Launches Green Roofing and Cool Roofing Program

March 26, 2010

The Partnership CDC Launches "Green Improvement" Programs; City to Match Funds

The Partnership CDC is organizing a training initiative that will focus on Green Roofing and Cool Roofing Technology, entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, energy efficiency, and healthy homes.  The program will be a direct service to our community, because we will be training local individuals and installing energy efficient and economical Green and Cool roofs on homes across West Philadelphia.  The Partnership CDC will be providing many useful resources to blocks that choose to participate in the Green and Healthy Neighborhoods program.  Participants will have access to our Healthy Homes program, our Financial Literacy and Budgeting classes, and our Energy Conservation programs.  Installation of Green and Cool roofs are included in the energy conservation component.  The installation of these roofs by people from West Philadelphia is an exciting addition to the program.

Green and Cool roofing is a growing field in Philadelphia with great potential for growth because of our abundant flat- roof housing stock.  With the installation of a green or cool roof, the existing roof lasts two to five times longer, saving on maintenance costs.  A building with a green roof uses up to 50% less energy to cool and up to 20% less energy to heat saving substantially on long term operating expenses.  The soil and plants of a green roof absorb rainwater saving the local municipality on storm water management costs.  Green and Cool roofs are low maintenance, cost effective investments.  West Philadelphia as a whole will benefit from energy conservation and the energy savings that come along with these exciting technologies. 
It is our hope that through participation in our program, our neighborhoods and students will have the tools that they need to participate and become employed in Philadelphia’s growing “Green” activities while providing many valuable services to the community.     

For more information about any of our Green Initiatives please contact Alix Howard at (215) 662-1612 x. 22 or .

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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