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Green Roof Presentation Short Version

  1. 1. Municipal Building Green Roof Project A State College Borough Sustainability Initiative
  2. 2. <ul><li>On October 18 th , the 1,400 square foot rooftop over the community room was transformed from a conventional roof into an </li></ul><ul><li>environmentally friendly , </li></ul><ul><li> aesthetically pleasing , </li></ul><ul><li> and energy efficient </li></ul>State College Goes Green Municipal Building Green Roof Project
  3. 3. What is a “Green Roof?” <ul><li>Also known as rooftop gardens, green roofs are vegetated surfaces planted over an existing roof structure to help: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce building temperatures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filter pollution (CO 2, Particulate Matter, Acid Rain) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce Green House Gas Emissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce stormwater runoff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce elevated urban temperatures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restore urban wildlife habitat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prolong the service life of the roof </li></ul></ul>Municipal Building Green Roof Project
  4. 4. Growing the Plants At the nursery, the plants were established in plastic planter modules which allow for ample drainage The plastic containers were filled with an engineered soil that also improves drainage Municipal Building Green Roof Project
  5. 5. Growing the Plants Municipal Building Green Roof Project The plants are grown in individual modules that allow water to move from module to module once installed The Borough chose to plant low growing sedums in a variety of colors and textures Plants growing at the nursery reached maturity prior to installation
  6. 6. Building the Green Roof Prior to installation, laborers installed a waterproof membrane Laborers reviewed the plans with Borough Arborist, Alan Sam The truck arrived with pallets of green roof planter modules The plants were hoisted by crane to the second story roof Municipal Building Green Roof Project On installation day, one lane of Allen St. was closed to traffic
  7. 7. Installing the Plants The trays of plants were lowered onto the second story roof Each tray carried up to 36 planters The individual modules were pieced together to form a contiguous green roof Halfway to completion the roof began to take shape Municipal Building Green Roof Project
  8. 8. The Finished Green Roof Over the next year the green roof will be monitored and weeded to encourage complete establishment of the diverse plant mix. Once the plants are established, little maintenance other than an annual mowing and continued monitoring will be required for the roof to last up to fifty years . The Green Roof Project at the Municipal Building is only one of many environmental projects being pursued by the Borough of State College. This project along with the other sustainability initiatives will be used as educational tools to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices by residents and commercial businesses in the Borough. Municipal Building Green Roof Project
  9. 9. Funding <ul><li>Thanks to grant funding less than 20% of total project costs came from local general funds </li></ul><ul><li>Grants funding the project: </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Grant </li></ul><ul><li>The Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Grant </li></ul>Municipal Building Green Roof Project