(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Wayne DeAngelo, Nancy Pinkin, Tim Eustace and L. Grace Spencer designed to encourage the creation of environmentally friendly buildings has been signed into law.
The new statute (A-2305) aims to promote the incorporation of blue and green roofs into the design of new and existing buildings. Blue and green roofs use vegetation or mechanical devices to prevent roof water from draining too quickly, not only to improve storm water management but also to provide cost saving opportunities such as more efficient energy usage for heating and cooling.
“It’s time to start making forward-thinking, eco-friendly solutions a priority for today, not a promise for tomorrow,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex). “Blue and green roofs are a smart approach that will help save money in the long-term while also protecting our environment.”
“Practicality and convenience do not have to be mutually exclusive,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “In the long run, buildings with environmentally-friendly designs end up saving more money. Green buildings also mean greener communities and a better quality of life for our residents.”
Under the new law, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection will periodically study the availability and efficiency of blue and green roofs as storm water management tools, and make, as necessary and appropriate, recommendations to the Governor that will help foster and maintain efficient and effective storm water management in the State.
“Adopting this environmentally-conscious approach to building will only benefit the state and its communities,” said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). “We need to do everything in our power to promote eco-friendly designs.”
“Making smart design choices are critical to the future as we become better prepared for storms and other unpredictable weather occurrences,” said Spencer (D-Essex). “This law is a step in the right direction for New Jersey.”
The Assembly vote on Monday, December 15 approved, 71-3, a recommendation made under a conditional veto. The measure with recommendation was approved, 33-2, by the full Senate on Thursday, February 5.