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DIY potential at VCU

A DIY is in the works at VCU! A few weeks ago we were contacted by an intrepid student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She's working with a team to plan a huge white roofing event on campus with the help of our DIY packet and video. 

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In this post, VCU student Chelsea Halladay tells us her white roofing story. Her goal is to white coat two buildings on campus. The targeted rooftops are 36,000 square feet and 13,000 square feet. With an expected savings of $60,000 per year and $24,000 per year respectively, Chelsea's planned DIY would be a great benefit to the university. 

Here's what Chelsea told us about her interest in white roofing: 

We were assigned to think of a local project that could get communities involved and/or spread awareness of environmental topics. I am extremely passionate about our mother, Earth. She is our home and sanctuary, we must respect her and take very good care of her. The way our cities were built and the overall infrastructure has created unforeseen consequences and now we are paying the price (literally!). So I feel a personal duty to fulfill any action plan I can in order to protect the well-being of our planet, AND everyone living on it. It's all about give and take, we just need to step up our GIVE GAME. That's what this whole White Roofs RVA [Richmond, Virginia] project is about, is giving back to the environment. I truly trust the impact these "simple" changes could have if we are granted the permission to proceed. Not only would the school be benefitting, but so would the city of Richmond Virginia as a whole.

Chelsea Halladay is working with a partner and two professors to accomplish this project. She also hopes to get other students involved. Here's how she described her current partners,

Daniel McGarvey, PhD is my Environmental Studies Senior Seminar professor. He just wants us to succeed and to feel a sense of self-accomplishment once the projects are complete.

Laura Chessin is a Graphics Design Senior Seminar professor. She loves the environment also, and naturally found herself collaborating with Dr. McGarvey. She encourages us to stay active with environmental issues and to be aware of current local affairs. 

Zac Carroll is my group partner! His whole theme as an artist is black/white/grey scale. When he read that the project involved black and white he was immediately excited to work on the visual aspects of white roof promotion at VCU. 

Editor's note: Virginia Commonwealth University has not yet agreed to White Roofs RVA's proposal. This project is contingent upon funding and is in the preliminary stages of planning. Good luck VCU! 

 

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Article on NationSwell: The Rooftop Decoration That Could Cut Your Energy Cost

The White Roof Project has been turning the tops of buildings white since 2010.

The White Roof Project does one, simple thing: It coats buildings’ roofs with a paint-like, white, reflective coating. Traditional roofing materials (like black tar), convert sunlight to heat — dramatically raising the interior temperatures and increasing cooling costs. Coating a roof white reflects the sunlight, drastically reducing its temperature and that of the building’s interior and surrounding environment.

Read more: http://nationswell.com/white-roof-project-reduces-energy-usage/#ixzz3DYHKDKIL

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Our 2014 Vision Plan

Juan Carlos, Founder of White Roof Project, discusses the organizations past successes and future goals. 

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Change Maker Series: Interview with Chris Helmuth of Hands on Phoenix

Reflecting on a Cool Roof Program Concluded We recently spoke with Chris Helmuth from Hands on Greater Phoenix. Hands on Greater Phoenix is a civic engagement program that matches volunteers from across the city with community organizations and government agencies in need of service.

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About Us: Stephanie Itkin, Social Media Intern

Did you know that we have an internship program? We do! Meet one of this summer’s interns, Stephanie Itkin. Want to join us in the fall? Email us at info [at] whiteroofproject [dot] org.

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The 2014 Season Starts Friday!

In August of 2013, while many New Yorkers were indoors escaping the late summer heat beside their air-conditioners, a forward-thinking engineer at the Lexington School for the Deaf had an idea. He picked up the phone and called our project manager.

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A Queens School Reflects on White Roof Project Effort

MetLife volunteers, White Roof Project staff, and the CEO of Lexington School for the Deaf discuss our efforts to spruce up the school grounds and coat the rooftop of Wing 4. Lexington School for the Deaf is the largest school for deaf children in New York State. They also provide vocational and other training 

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What About Sloped Rooftops? A Story on Metal Roofing.

From: JUNE 12, 2014 
The post below comes to us from guest blogger Paul Kazlov. Paul is a self-proclaimed green home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. He writes for the Global Home Improvement Blog. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.

Paul’s post is on the benefits of metal roofing. White Roof Project coats flat, black rooftops with solar-reflective white coating. 

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Change Maker Series: Lawrence from Green City Force

From: JUNE 9, 2014 
Change is happening everywhere. Next time you’re walking down the street in NYC take a second to look up! You never know what’s going on above your head.

For this installation of the Change Maker Series I talked to Lawrence from Green City Force. Lawrence started several years ago as a member of GCF’s green jobs training training program. 

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