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Green Roofs

December 24, 2009, 5am PST
Malcolm Wells was a pioneer of sustainable design, with an emphasis on green roofs and underground buildings. He died recently at the age of 83.
Design Boom
December 11, 2009, 1pm PST
A new report shows that green roofs not only help by cooling the sun's rays, they also are effective for carbon sequestration.
December 2, 2009, 10am PST
In a battle over contracts to build green roofs for Chicago's public buildings, landscapers have come out on top.
The Chicago Tribune
September 25, 2009, 10am PDT
A new study has shown that the environmental benefits of green roofs are even greater than previously thought.
August 21, 2009, 7am PDT
This video from <em>Reuters</em> looks at a new rooftop garden in Brooklyn. Covering 6,000 square feet, the flourishing garden provides fresh produce to local restaurants.
Reuters (on-line)
June 23, 2009, 1pm PDT
The new west wing of the Vancouver Convention Center(VCC) provides 338,000 square feet of new function spaces as well as an angular six acre green roof, which is the largest non-commercial roof in North America.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 19, 2009, 10am PDT
A NY-based landscape architect, Thomas Balsley, FASLA, has created a new type of green roof using Austrian pines.
May 20, 2009, 6am PDT
White roofs have gained cachet as a solution to the urban heat island effect. But in places where there are more cold days than hot, a white roof that reflects warming sunlight might not make the best sense, according to this piece.
April 21, 2009, 6am PDT
This piece from <em>National Geographic</em> looks at how green roofs are sweeping across the tops of buildings all over the world.
National Geographic
April 17, 2009, 8am PDT
Toronto City Council is planning to vote on a measure that would require green roofs on most buildings over 54,000 square feet, which would make it the first North American city to require green roofs. Developers are opposing the move.
The New York Times
September 3, 2008, 7am PDT
The Governor of New York recently signed off on tax abatements for developers who install green roofs
The New York Times
May 27, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>The installation of a green roof and solar array on the rooftop of the new WGBH building in Boston is captured on video.</p>
The Boston Globe
April 13, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Green roofs offer an opportunity for outdoor space and gardening for people with little or no yards.</p>
The Hartford Courant