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.
Examples of Save the Rain green roof projects:
The OnCenter (Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center) – 66,000 sq. ft.
Rosamond Gifford Zoo Elephant Barn – 6,000 sq. ft.
GIF – CNY Jazz Arts Foundation (Jazz Central) – 3,000 sq. ft.
GIF – King + King Architects – 11,200 sq. ft.
GIF – Putnam Properties – 3,200 sq. ft.
GIF – Monroe Building – 5,200 sq. ft.