Green Roof Round-up: Philly ranks 4th in square footage

Photo of the Free Library's green roof via the Mayor's Office of SustainabilityGreen Roofs for Healthy Cities (CRHC), a national non-profit that supports the green roof industry, has unveiled the results of its 2011 Annual Industry Survey of Corporate Members. The survey found that during 2010, the square footage of green roofs installed in the organization’s Metropolitan Region increased by 28.5 percent (up from the 16 percent recorded in ’09!) Read the full report HERE.

Philadelphia ranked fourth with approximately 150,000 square feet, trailing behind New York, DC and the number one seat, Chicago.

You can visit some of the city’s green roofs atop the Free Library of Philadelphia, PECO headquarters, the Comcast Center, Friends Center of Philadelphia and Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture Center. Plus, take a look at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability’s website’s green buildings page for more information on efforts and support for building more sustainably in Philadelphia.

Also, keep in mind that PECO and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) have collaborated to offer tours of PECO’s giant “living roof” on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5pm starting now and running through October. The fee is $5 for PHS members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited, so be sure to register early!