Bloomberg employees recently participated in a volunteer project at the Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center with NYC Cool Roofs — an exciting collaboration between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Buildings to promote and facilitate the cooling of New York City’s rooftops.

Energy used in New York City’s buildings accounts for nearly 80 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. Applying a reflective surface to a roof helps reduce cooling costs, cut energy usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Bloomberg has been partnering with Cool Roofs NYC since 2010, and since then over 190 Bloomberg volunteers have painted approximately 82,000 square feet of roof across Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

Sustainability and philanthropy have been working hard to identify volunteer projects that enhance both our commitment to the environment and our commitment to bettering the communities in which we operate.  Energy conservation projects are one of the core areas of focus for our sustainability initiative.  Being able to align one of our areas of emphasis with Philanthropy’s community and employee engagement program makes our programs that much more impactful.

Watching the roof go from black to white and knowing that we are directly responsible for taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, by expending 3 hours of hard work, has a different type of reward from the typical workday.  There is nothing like getting out into the community and putting some sweat into the effort with other volunteers from within the Bloomberg community.

Check out more photos from the event in our Facebook album.

Lee Ballin is the sustainability manager at Bloomberg LP.