A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and soil, or a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Green roofs are used for stormwater management and energy savings, as well as for aesthetic benefits. Green roofs absorb stormwater and release it back into the atmosphere through evaporation and plant transpiration, while reducing urban temperatures by limiting the amount of heat retaining structures. The vegetation on the roofs also absorb a great deal of the pollutants in the water before it is released into the atmosphere. Green roofs can help create habitat for local butterfly, insect, and bird species. SUNY-ESF has installed a green roof on Walter’s Hall.
Tree canopy coverage is vital for urban stormwater management as trees capture and store rainwater in their canopies and root zones, eventually releasing this water over time into the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. Trees also help to slow down and temporarily store stormwater runoff due to their physical presence and the ability of tree roots to improve soil conditions to promote infiltration. Urban trees also provide a host of other community benefits including those related to aesthetics, air quality, shading, property values, and energy. Click here for information on the Save the Rain Urban Forestry Program. There are several varieties of tree plantings. Click on the images below to download detailed drawings for: (1) Balled, Burlapped Tree Plantings (2) Bare Root Tree Plantings (3) Modular Tree Cells (4) Tree Plantings in Planter Beds (5) and Tree Pits.