Green Roofs Add Color to Cities Nationwide

By Jacqueline Tortorello
In urban areas, green space can be hard to find. That’s why designers are creating green roofs on top of commercial buildings. These living roofs have been used on top of hospitals, schools, restaurants and office spaces to add beauty while reducing energy-related costs.

St. Elizabeth Enters Final Phase of Major Retrofit

By Jessie Fetterling
Construction on the third phase of Affinity Health System’s St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton will be completed by the end of the year and phase four, which includes a four-story inpatient bed tower with all-private rooms, is underway and is scheduled for completion in January 2015.

Ohio Hospital Grows First Green Roof

Green roofs are sprouting up atop hospitals across the country in a green building trend that is here to stay — at least until another one takes over. In December, the 808-bed Aultman Hospital in Canton completed the installation of a 2,500-square-foot green roof — the first for the hospital — in hopes of promoting sustainability and improving the patient care experience.

Green Roofs Give Patients Natural Experience at Penn State Hospital

The new $239 million Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was dedicated on Nov. 13 and will see its first patient in early January. Its theme, “learning and healing through nature,” is integrated throughout the entire facility, from the images of plant and animal life decorating the lobby to the green roofs that allow for patients to find a sanctuary outside.

Research Firm Predicts Growth in Green Roof Market

Lux Research, an independent research and advisory firm specializing in emerging technologies, recently released a report on market trends involving green roofs and walls.

Green Roofs Could Help Los Angeles Reduce Energy Costs

In a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), they have found that installing green roofs and cool roofs in southern California could save consumers more than $211 million in energy bills and reduce emissions equivalent to removing 91,000 cars from the road each year.

Rooftop Gardens: Ecology, Food, and Learning

By Helen Christophi
On Chicago's Southside, roof gardens are being used to educate children, keep them off the street, lift them out of poverty and give them a second chance at life by growing produce.

Green Roofs Continue to Flourish

By Reinhard Schneider
A field of green atop a building or home — a relatively new concept in the building trades known as a vegetative, or green roof — is on the rise throughout the United States.

From the Top Down

By Stephanie Thum
Ask a group of hospital facility directors about the benefits of installing a green roof and you’ll likely hear several answers: heating and cooling cost savings, long-term building material cost savings, environmental responsibility, space maximization and aesthetic improvement.