I'm going to keep my inaugural entry simple. I'm a senior policy analyst at NRDC where I work on clean energy technologies, which include energy efficiency technologies and clean generation technologies such as wind, solar, and bioenergy. For the past 5 years or so, I've spent a lot of my time focusing on bioenergy and increasingly on biofuels.
However, for this first energy I thought I'd show the view from my window at work. I work at NRDC's headquarters on 20th St. off of 6th Ave. in NYC. Looking west across 6th Ave towards the Hudson River this is what I see:
That's a green roof. It was installed by Bob Fox of Cook and Fox Architects. Bob is a long time friend of NRDC's and one of the heroes in the green building movement. Bob tells me that by next summer the roof will be all bushy with the plants standing 6-12 inches tall. I'll post pictures periodically.
As you can see this is what they call a "light" green roof because it simply sits on top of the normal roof. This means that basically anyone can do it. It also adds insulation to the roof, keeping the office below it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Plus it's so much more interesting that a normal black roof.