By: Samantha Yurek
The University of Maryland installed their first extensive green roof back in the fall if 2008 on Cumberland Hall. Approximately 6,000 square feet of the rooftop is covered in vegetation. The Adele H. Stamp Union building also completed renovations which involves yet another two new green roofs in 2009.
Picture courtesy of UMD
Summer of 2010 brought a Rooftop Food Garden on top of the South Campus Dining Hall. Planters made from salvaged wooden pallets hold all sorts of food including cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, mint and lavender, to name a few. In addition, the space is available for individual gardening projects and other student research or coursework. In the fall of 2011, the Denton Dining Hall followed suit, when the re-opened building integrated green and cool roof systems.
Although this makes up very few of the many buildings at the University of Maryland, each green roof helps to alleviate storm water runoff, the heat island effect, and each building's heating or cooling costs.
The University of Maryland's Council on the Environment recently rewarded a grant to two graduate students, to extend on their solar energy and vegetated roof research. Read the full story by the Diamondback here.
In the future, it wouldn't be surprising to see more building constructed or renovated complete with green roof systems. The technology is available and the industry has definitely grown in the past few years.