Organic Rooftops

Rooftops around the World

What a splendid breath-enhancing addition to the city of Washington the new Czech Embassy will be! Here, the ‘e’ in  eDiplomacy also means environment.

Museums and post office administrators see the logic of cutting heating and cooling costs with roof top gardens and lawns that reduce solar impact.  Quebec is moving forward with plans to green the roof of the Beaux Arts Museum.

In New York City, the USPS created a rooftop garden at a processing facility. Shanghai’s General Post Office, a vast marble renovated showcase for  postal services and museum exhibitions, offers a manicured rooftop garden overlooking the Bund.

Mexico City received a greening boost a few years ago when a popular mayor advocated turning rooftops into gardens. Now, a city once known for air pollution is making positive steps towards cleaner air by installing more gardens on rooftops.

The perception in some circles is that the U.S. lags behind progressive European and Asian countries. This green roof industry site suggests the U.S. needs to learn from other countries.  But local governments in the U.S.A. are requiring that buildings are built or retrofit with green roofs.  Atlanta, Georgia is a green leader, retrofitting a green roof on City Hall in 2003.

What is your government doing to enhance the environment by establishing or retrofitting rooftop gardens?

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