Fall 2019 Newsletter
Recent Green Roof News
Upcoming Green Roofing Events

Green Roof Virtual Summit Being Held in November

The Green Roof Virtual Summit 2019 has been pushed back to November from September. The theme of this year's green roof virtual summit is "Cooling a Warming Planet with Living Architecture." The mission of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summits is to inform, share and create a global social media platform online for learning and networking via the power of the internet. These virtual summits allow you to connect with everyone and experience the green roofs, walls and green living infrastructure online. The summit is an interactive platform combining education with videos, keynote speakers, expert panel sessions and live conference events.
Available Green Roof Funding

Washington, DC RiverSmart Rooftops Green Roof Rebate Program


Washington DC's RiverSmart Rooftops Green Roof rebate program has expanded, with rebated of up to $15 per square foot based on location. Residential, commercial and institutional rebates are available on a first come, first serve for qualified properties. There is no size restriction for applicants. 


Department of Environmental Protection NYC Grant


Privately owned properties within New York City are eligible for the environmental protection grant from the DEP. Some of the main requirements for the grant include but are not limited to, project cost of at least $35,000, providing twenty years of maintenance, and having a structural analysis showing the load bearing capacity of the roof is capable of handling the design. The DEP grant holds four workshops in 2019 to get a better grasp on the requirements and application process. The remaining date for the workshops this year is December 11th. This green infrastructure grant program has a rolling application process, which means no deadlines so applications can be filed any time of the year.


PACE Financing


PACE: Property Assessed Clean Energy - Mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. Property owners that voluntarily choose to participate in a PACE program repay their improvement costs over a set time period—typically 10 to 20 years—through property assessments, which are secured by the property itself and paid as an addition to the owners' property tax bills. A PACE assessment is a debt of property, meaning the debt is tied to the property as opposed to the property owner(s). In turn, the repayment obligation may transfer with property ownership if the buyer agrees to assume the PACE obligation and the new first mortgage holder allows the PACE obligation to remain on the property. This can address a key disincentive to investing in energy improvements because many property owners are hesitant to make property improvements if they think they may not stay in the property long enough for the resulting savings to cover the upfront costs. More than 30 states plus the District of Columbia have C-PACE (Commercial PACE) enabling legislation and more than $500 million in projects have been financed.


Philadelphia Offers Rebates and Tax Incentives for Green Roofing and Storm Water Management

The City of Philadelphia offers multiple programs to assist with grants, rebates and tax incentives for those looking to reduce stormwater runoff. The Green City, Clean waters plan, which began in 2011, relies on green stormwater infrastructures to reduce the volume of polluted stormwater runoff entering sewer systems and waterways by 85% by 2036. It has implemented hundreds of green projects since 2011. 

The Green Roof Tax Credit offered by the City of Philadelphia provides businesses a rebate for 50% of green roof costs up to $100,000. Applicants must own the property on which the green roof will be constructed and must be in compliance with all Philadelphia tax ordinances, regulations and publishes policies in order to claim the credit.