Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Green Roofs in the UK

Green Roofs aren't just an interesting topic in the US, they are also found in Europe. Livingroofs.org is an organization based in the UK that is leading the charge in promoting green roofs. Their site makes an excellent point:

"In the UK, the increased pressures on urban land and increased density levels are likely to have adverse impacts on drainage, water abstraction, biodiversity, accessible green space, and local climate conditions."

This statement is strongly applicable to cities such as Beijing, Mexico City, and others that suffer from choking air pollution and difficulty managing storm-water runoff. Storm water runoff is a major pollutant to drinking water sources. Green roofs can capture that rain and filter it through the soil instead of dumping it into reservoirs and over-taxed water treatment plants.

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