An average roof endures not only some of the harshest weather conditions in the winter, but it also gets up to 90 degrees hotter than the surrounding air during the summer. Green roofs can save money on air conditioning and heating as the vegetation and soil provide natural insulation year round. In addition, green roofs can be used as gardens or farms, allowing money also to be saved on groceries. Project Drawdown ranks green roofs as the 73rd most vital solution for combating climate change and is just as beneficial for owners as it is for the planet.
The stories in this collection (see below) show how green roofs are being implemented around the world and detail their effectiveness. Eleven European cities are collaborating to implement green roofs in order to improve public health. In New York, green roofs are being installed across their skyscape for insulation, which reduces the cost of living; San Francisco has required 15-30% of new construction to have green roofs. Meanwhile, Tokyo focuses on using green roofs as a source for food in crowded urban areas. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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