Green Roof Grows on California Dormitory Roof

Fifty years ago, if we were told that one day, we would be looking out over so many roofs and seeing vegetation on them, we’d probably believe that it would be only possible in the movies. However, the reality is that they are popping up all over the world: on office buildings, hotels and yes, even on college campuses.

Aside from the fact that they are aesthetically attractive, there are many advantages that come with having a green roof. One reason is due to the fact that there is a significant amount of evidence to support the fact that plants reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is found in the atmosphere. So, in cities where there is a lot of pollution, a green roof can help to produce more oxygen while cleaning toxins out of the air.

Another benefit is that they improve thermal performance. That’s because the greenery that’s on top of the buildings aids in so much heat being absorbed into them. This, in turn, reduces the amount of central air that is needed to keep places cool. So yes, a green roof also helps to keep energy bills down.

Still another advantage is that a green roof increases green space. As our earth’s population grows and there is a need for more homes, retail stores, office buildings, hospitals and even highways to be built, this comes at the expense of tearing down trees and reducing our natural landscape. Green roofs offer us the opportunity to still take advantage of what vegetation has to offer. Not only that, but they provide a safe place for wildlife along with providing us a place to enjoy time away from all of the hustle and bustle of the world. As a matter of fact, there are also many studies indicating that spending time on a green roof can actually reduce our stress levels.

So, being that University of California has a LEED-Platinum Certified green roof, you can see why it’s such a big deal and worthy of so much praise. Reportedly, it is so impressive that it’s only one of the few green roofs that is of its magnitude in the entire state.

That’s because it is the home of more than 4,000 succulents, flowers and shrubs, as it serves as a place for wildlife and also has walkways for pedestrians to enjoy all that the roof has to offer. As an added bonus, it is designed to capture storm water which is used not only to irrigate the gardens on the roof but to be a source of water supply for the campus’s laundries and shower facilities. This roof was so intricately crafted that Martin Poirer, the lead landscape architect for the dormitory roof, has gone on record as claiming that there is absolutely no water demand when it comes to the irrigation needs for the site.

The roof, along with the installed solar panels and the recycled materials that were used to build the dorm, explains why the University of California received the LEED certification that it has. Hopefully, this this college will be a leading example for other colleges and universities across the country to follow suit.

So, whether you are living on your school’s campus or you go to someplace likeĀ Maryville online, it certainly can’t hurt to pass along the information to your classmates and the school’s administration about what the University of California is doing. For so many reasons, the more green roofs we have, the better it is for us and our environment—now and for years to come.

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