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After (Image courtesy of a reader)
One of our readers alerted us to the presence of a green roof on the Postal Service mailing facility at 341 9th Avenue. The green roof was revealed in July 2009 and was covered by several news outlets such as Fast Company, City Blog, Tree Hugger, Inhabitat, and Environmental Leader. The 2.5 acre site provides passive recreation for postal employees as well as environmental services. What environmental services does the roof provide?
- 75% reduction in stormwater runoff during the summer (Fast Company; Environmental Leader)
- up to 35% reduction in runoff in the winter (Environmental Leader)
- $30,000 savings in heating and cooling costs (Fast Company) or 30% energy reduction by 2015 (Environmental Leader)