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Green roofs: A Better Future is Here!

Green roofs (or living roofs) are an amazing horticultural and technological advancement that has the potential to transform our cities into energy-saving environmentally sound eco-cities! A green roof system is an extension of the existing roof that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a lightweight growing medium, planted over a waterproofing layer. They often include drainage and irrigation systems, as well.

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Green roofs reduce energy costs and heating/cooling consumption by providing a unique type of insulation. They help offset storm runoff and extend the lives of most roofs by decades! Having living plants on rooftops also help to offset greenhouse gases by processing carbon dioxide, toxins and pollutants and then releasing oxygen into the air. Imagine a giant air purifier on every roof in every city! What a difference that could make to...

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