NYC CoolRoofs


NYC CoolRoofs provides paid transitional work opportunities to coat hundreds of thousands of square feet of New York City rooftops, promoting energy efficiency and mitigating the urban heat island effect.


Length: 11 weeks

Certifications: OSHA 30 Construction, 8hr Fall Prevention, 2hr Drug/Alcohol Awareness, Site Safety Training card, DOT 4hr Site Safety Flagger, NYC DOB 4hr Supported Scaffold User, CPR and First Aid

Schedule: M-F 8-4

Next start date: 4/15/24

Typical career paths for graduates: Green construction, building maintenance, commercial driving & warehouse

The NYC CoolRoofs program trains jobseekers in the application of a white coating to the tops of roofs. The energy efficient coating reduces the urban heat island effect in New York City’s neighborhoods, lowering air temperatures during warm months. Graduates who complete the program are fully prepared to build a career in the green economy.

All jobseekers in NYC CoolRoofs are paid a $15 hourly wage. 

In addition, program participants receive the skills, training and education within the HOPEworks curriculum, including: digital literacy, resume writing, interviewing skills, and more. 

Our holistic services include professional clothing, meals, and mental health case management.

Ready to Apply?

We first need you to attend an informational session where we’ll walk you through our programs and how HOPE works.

The certifications really made a difference when I went out to get a job, and now I’m a union painter.

Vanessa, NYC CoolRoofs Graduate

And, we continue to support you long after you begin your career.

When you’re HOPE, you’re HOPE for Life.

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