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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

returning nature to the built environment

 

While you may not have an immediate interest in becoming a landscape architect, horticulturist, or design guru, you do have a vested interest in the quality of air that encompasses the globe.

And just like many other ventures that become possible once we break away from previous mindsets, folks who want to improve the quality of life within cities have taken a new approach — or maybe it's an old one in new clothes.

Considering that humans have lived in caves, grass-roofed sod shanties, and many other forms of housing, the idea of growing plants on rooftops as a way to both benefit the environment and the bottom line isn't all that new.

But the current incarnation of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, founded in 1999, is a valuable offering. This small network of public and private organizations in North America (primarily Canada and the United States; launched in Mexico in August 2005) has a mission "to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of green roof infrastructure across North America and rapidly advance the development of the market for green roof products and services."

Even if you're not thinking about building a building, a quick scroll through the Green Roofs website shows the range of products available and the scope of organizations that are deciding a healthy environment is also good for business. Brief blurbs about current and previous projects provide a peek into some of these new adventures.

 

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