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Drawdown Ecochallenge: Green Roofs

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Emrys Golden

Oregon State University

Student

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 are just as beneficial for the owner as they are 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 sky scrape for insulation, reducing the cost of living, and 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. 

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Stories In This Collection (4)

Crowded cities search for nature-based solutions for residents' well-being

Crowded cities search for nature-based solution...
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Green Roof Requirements Are On the Rise

Green Roof Requirements Are On the Rise
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Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief From Above

Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief From Above
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Urban Farming

Urban Farming
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