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Anatomy of a Green Roof
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Anatomy of a Green Roof

Green roofs cool the surrounding air, provide noise insulation, absorb toxins, and offer many other benefits.

Discover green roofs around the world and examine the design features of one from top to bottom: its soil and plantings, filter fabric, waterproof membrane, steel deck, and other layers.

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Rooftop Gardens: Are They a Cool Idea?

Rooftop Gardens: Are They a Cool Idea?

Green roofs on buildings reduce energy consumption and costs. Build a box house to discover if a rooftop garden can do the same for you. More...

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Science Buddies
ASLA Green Roof

ASLA Green Roof

Cactus as an air conditioner? It’s true: On a green roof this plant cools the air and provides a bird and insect habitat. Climb up to explore more about this roof's beneficial features. More...

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ASLA
Build a Green Roof

Build a Green Roof

Follow these steps with an adult to grow plants on your roof to reduce heating and cooling bills and protect your house's waterproofing. More...

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WIRED
Faculty Conversations: Brad Rowe

Faculty Conversations: Brad Rowe

Horticulture professor Brad Rowe is a pioneer in building green roofs. Find out why he puts plants on roofs and why most include succulents. More...

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Michigan State University
Ford Rouge Factory Tour: The Living Roof

Ford Rouge Factory Tour: The Living Roof

One of the largest living roofs in the world sits on top of a factory in Michigan. Explore this 10-acre garden and how it filters millions of gallons of storm water each year. More...

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The Henry Ford
Heat Island Effect: Green Roofs

Heat Island Effect: Green Roofs

The benefits of a green roof are abundant: They reduce heat, energy use, and air pollution. But they do cost money. Find out how much and why they are a good investment. More...

Article
Environmental Protection Agency
Pittsburgh Gets Its Own Green Monster

Pittsburgh Gets Its Own Green Monster

Nearly 40 feet tall, a wall of evergreen plants in Pittsburgh is like a vertical green roof, installed to cool the building. Find out about its different shades of green. More...

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CNET
Tending Crops on a Brooklyn Rooftop

Tending Crops on a Brooklyn Rooftop

A farm grows in Brooklyn — and it’s on top of a warehouse. Discover the materials it takes to grow vegetables in this environment. More...

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NPR/Science Friday
The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences

The Living Roof: California Academy of Sciences

Atop a California museum is a gigantic roof blooming with more than a million beautiful native plants. See how the species were selected for this unique green roof. More...

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California Academy of Sciences
Up On the Roof

Up On the Roof

Acres and acres of green are overhead all around the globe. Take a look at green roofs on top of airports, hotels, city monuments, museums, and more. More...

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National Geographic

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