City of Chicago Green Roof Website

As part of the City of Chicago and The School of the Art Institute Collaboration, and in collaboration with Nell Westerlund, MFA 06, we creating this friendly "how to" site for Green Roofs.

In the 21st century continued development of our urban areas requires a renewed and intensified commitment to the environment. Green Roofs are a social and economical investment in an improved relationship with nature. Beautiful in every season, roof top gardens are a pleasant reprieve from blacktop surfaces filled with heating and cooling units. A Green Roof is a good neighbor and a native habitat oasis.

Benefits of going green on the rooftop!
Add beauty to our urban landscape
Lower air temperature
Improve air quality for everyone
Lower energy bills
Extend life of roof
Reduce 'Urban Heat Island Effect'

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