Assembly Panel Green Lights Bill Designed to Boost Development of Eco-Friendly Buildings
Ramos, McKeon, DeAngelo & Wagner Bill Would Require ‘Green’ and ‘Blue’ Roofs on State-Developed Buildings
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ruben Ramos, Jr, John McKeon, Wayne DeAngelo, and Connie Wagner to boost the development of environmentally-friendly buildings was approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday.
“It’s time to start making forward-thinking, eco-friendly solutions a priority for today, not a promise for tomorrow,” said Ramos (D-Hudson). “When you consider the record amount of flooding we’ve received in recent years, it’s critical from both an environmental and fiscal sense that we incorporate measures that help regulate storm water runoff. Blue and Green roofs are a smart approach that will help save money in the long-term while also protecting our environment.”
The bill (A-710) would require, to the extent feasible, that any new state government building, facility, or structure with at least 15,000 square feet in total floor area be designed, constructed, and managed to include a functioning green roof or blue roof.