California Academy of Science: green roof

This is perhaps one of the most impressive green roofs I have seen. California Academy of Science in San Francisco is an advanced, cutting-edge green building. Above their rainforest dome and planetarium, they constructed a green roof covered by native plants. From an observation terrace you can take a look at the roof, which resembles the topography of San Francisco. Interpretive signage informs you that the roof absorbs rainwater and provides a wildlife corridor. Construction of green roofs is quite expensive, but they have a great deal of educational value – whether the roof is to preserve native vegetation or to grow vegetables such as at a rooftop farm in Queens (http://urbanee.org/2011/07/30/rooftop-farm).

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Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

TV studios and repair shops topped with a green roof with a panoramic view of Manhattan skyline and East River… This is the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn, New York. I was lucky to go there earlier this week with Carol Kennedy, a high school science teacher, and her students from the Bronx. Students said they have never seen green roofs, and after this trip they would like to see one on top of their school in the Bronx.