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The future of rooftop gardens

TitleThe future of rooftop gardens
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsDam, A., C. Walke, and C. Wilson
Keywordsair quality, green space, rooftop gardens, University of Waterloo, University of Waterloo campus
Abstract

The Regional Municipality of Waterloo suffers from extremely poor air quality. This problem stems from a variety of sources, including carbon emissions, ground-level ozone and the Urban Heat island Effect. As a large academic institution, the University of Waterloo has many buildings and paved areas which contribute to these problems. The rooftop area on campus constitutes about 10 acres of barren space. In order to counteract the effects of these buildings, we propose using the roofs to increase green space on campus, by installing rooftop gardens. Rooftop gardens on the University of Waterloo (UW) campus are feasible and beneficial to the community… Rooftop garden systems are growing in popularity due to improved aesthetics, air quality, energy efficiency and a variety of other benefits resulting from the enhanced green spaces. Therefore, we hypothesize that UW and surrounding areas will benefit from installing rooftop gardens… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca