Case Studies in Earth & Environmental Science Journalism

Green Roofs



What is a Green Roof?

Green Roofs.

Why green roofs for NYC?

Greening Lower Manhattan: A Green Roof Project at Pace University.  EPA Science Forum.

LEED:  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  US Green Building Council.

Sustainable Design and Construction Project Kicks Off at the Queens Botanical Garden.  Queens Botanical Garden Press Release, Unpublished , 2005. 

Site Plan, Queens Botanical Garden. Unpublished, 2005.

Joel, M., Capital Projects Assistant, (personal communication, October 10, 2005).

Science Articles

Barrio, E.P.D.  1998.  Analysis of green roofs cooling potential in buildings. Energy and  Buildings  27:179-193.

Kohler, M, M. Schmidt, U. Wachsmann, S. Krauter. Photovoltaik-Panels on Greened roofs. Rio 02 - World Climate & Energy Event, Proc. 151 - 158 Brazil. Zusammenfassung, Gesamttext.  2002.

Alvarez, S. et al.  Use of the vegatation [Sic.] and water to promote passive cooling. Renewable in the City Environment project.  University of Seville, Information Paper. 

Porsche, U, M. Kohler.  Life Cycle Costs of Green Roofs - A comparison of Germany, USA, and Brazil. Rio3 Proc. Krauter (ed.): World Climate & Energy Event: 461-467.

Conservation Research Institute.  Changing Cost Perceptions:  An Analysis of Conservation Development.  Conservation Design Forum, website:

VanWoert et al.  Green Roof Stormwater Retention: Effects of Roof Surface, Slope, and Media Depth.   J. Environ Qual. 2005, 34: 1036-1044.

Popular Articles

Dawson, D.  Plant-Covered Roofs Ease Urban Heat.  National Geographic News, November 15, 2002.

Fox, Barry.  Don’t ask what’s in the toilet.  New Scientist, January 27, 2003. 

Huber, K., D. Capiello.  ‘Green’ roof a cool hybrid of ecology, engineering.  The Houston Chronicle, November 29, 2003.

Costlier to construct, economical to maintain.  Financial Express, September 24, 2005.

Litt, S.,  Some Sustainability Required.  Architecture Magazine, May 4, 2004. 

Abrams, D., ‘Green roof’ seed planted, but private sector not buying it yet.  The Capital, May 4 2004.

Mummert, R.  City Lawn Owners, Listen Up.  The New York Times, May 16, 2004.

Levine, K., R. Montagne.  Green Roofs.  Morning Edition, National Public Radio, June 23, 2004.

Lubell, S.  New York’s Javits Center design shows off world’s largest green roof.  Architectural Record, August 1, 2004.

Snoonian, D.  Green grows up…and up and up and up; Sustainable high-rises are sprouting from Manhattan’s bedrock.  Architectural Record, November 1 2004.

Zimmerman, S. Garden City.  Readers Digest, April 2005. 

Vinh, T.  Ballard celebrates its new library.  The Seattle Times, May 15, 2005.

Shufro, C.  living Roofs: Green Miracles that Also Cool Buildings.  E: The Environmental Magazine, July/August 2005.

Rosenzweig, C., S. Gaffin, and C. Stanton.  Green Roofs: Recreating Natural Processes in Cities.  The Tidal Exchange – Newsletter of the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, Summer 2005. 

Roy, Sree.  Up on the rooftop.  Display and Design Ideas, August 1, 2005.

Chamberlain, L.  ‘Green roofs sprouting across U.S. skylines.  The New York Times, August 10, 2005. 

Lamey, M.  it’s not easy being green: Montreal’s first planted roof on a residential building cost more than expected, but backers say it was worth the effort.  Times Colonist, September 3, 2005. 

Horn, A.  SUNY college embraces technology with eco-roof.  Daily Orange, September 13, 2005.

Brownlow, R.  New York’s Largest Green Roof Unveiled At Silvercup Studios.  Queens Chronicle, October 6, 2005.

Rodriguez, C.  Green Roofs Save the Planet and Money in the Bronx.  WNYC, New York Public Radio, October 5, 2005.

Burtt, B.  Green Roofs growing fans; company pitches environmental good of natural rooftops.  Toronto Star, October 5, 2005. 

Food for Thought

J. Gabe, University of Auckland School of Architecture, (personal communication, November 6, 2005).

Davis, P., Architect,  (personal communication, November 7, 2005).

Carey, P., Northwest Eco-Building Guild,  (personal communication, November 8, 2005).

Olson, J., Architect, (personal communication, November 8, 2005).

J. Gabe, University of Auckland School of Architecture, (personal communication, November 8, 2005).

Owen, D.  Green Manhattan; Everywhere should be more like New York.  The New Yorker, October 18, 2004.

Ingersoll, R. A Post-Apocalyptic View of Ecology and Design.  Harvard Design Magazine, #18, 2003. 

Mathiessen, L.F., and P. Morris.  Costing Green: A Comprehensive Cost Database and budgeting Methodology.  Davis Langdon Consultants, July, 2004.

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