41 Cooper Square in The Daily News

May 17, 2012

Photo by Leo Sorel

Photo by Leo Sorel

"Cooper Union's Green Roof Catches Rain Water" was a splash feature in the Daily News profiling the green features of 41 Cooper Square, NYC's first LEED Platinum academic building.  The article heralded  41 Cooper Square's green roof and reported that it "plays a significant role in the greening of New York City." Jody Grapes, director of facilities management, highlighted the functionality and efficiency of the advanced water system at 41 Cooper Square and how it helps to repurpose waste water and reduce stormwater runoff. Director of the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and Professor Kevin Bone talked about NYC watersheds and the need for water conservation. 

To learn more about how 41 Cooper Square saves the college approximately 200,000 gallons of water every year in the Daily News, click here.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.