Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Green (and blue) roofs top NJ enviro panel's agenda


The New Jersey Assembly's Environment and Solid Waste Committee will consider five bills tomorrow (Feb 10) that encourage, regulate--and in some cases, require--the use of blue roofs or green roofs in new building construction.

What is a blue roof?  It is defined in the legislative package as one "“constructed with mechanical controls that drain stormwater, including but not limited to gravel beds, perforated pipes, rooftop detention systems, or weirs, designed to improve stormwater management."

What is a green roof It's one that "includes, among other things, a growth medium and a vegetation layer of drought resistant and hardy plant species, designed to improve stormwater management."

The green and blue roofing bills up for a committee vote tomorrow are:


A-3678  Ramos Jr., R.J. (D-33); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14)
Requires NJ Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program to give additional weight in ranking system to projects including green or blue roofs.
   
A-3679  Ramos Jr., R.J. (D-33); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14)
Requires construction of certain new State buildings, facilities, and structures to include green or blue roofs.
   
A-3680 Ramos Jr., R.J. (D-33); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14)
Requires DEP to adopt rules concerning blue roofs and green roofs and provides priority consideration for related permits and other authorizations.
   
A-3681  Ramos Jr., R.J. (D-33); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14)
Requires construction of new buildings, facilities, and structures using State, EDA, or NJ Schools Development Authority funds to include green or blue roofs.
   
 A-3682  Ramos Jr., R.J. (D-33); McKeon, J.F. (D-27); DeAngelo, W.P. (D-14)
Establishes program to provide financial assistance towards installation of blue roofs and green roofs, authorizes use of Global Warming Solutions Fund for certain such purposes.

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