May 20, 2009

Green Roofs of the burgh

From Post-Gazette NOW:
Green roofs got a big boost to their public image last week when Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato announced plans to install one on top of the County Office Building as a demonstration project. The county will keep half the roof as it is and measure the difference in storm water runoff between the two sides.

It will be at least the third green roof Downtown, joining the Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield building at Fifth Avenue Place and the Heinz 57 Center (formerly Gimbels), which was featured in the 2009 Greenroofs of the World Calendar by

Pittsburgh's biggest cluster of green roofs is in Oakland: six on the Carnegie Mellon University campus and one more under way; one at the University of Pittsburgh and two in the planning stages; and one at Phipps Conservatory.

There are also green roofs on the Giant Eagle Market District building in Shadyside, the Children's Museum on the North Side, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Highland Park and the new Children's Hospital building in Lawrenceville.
Read more at "More city buildings cultivate savings by covering roofs with plants"!

(Found via Post-Gazette NOW)

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