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    • A seven-story industrial building in Long Island City is home to Brooklyn Grange, a working, one-acre farm that produces 14,000 pounds of produce a year. Photo by Tara Thayer.A seven-story industrial building in Long Island City is home to Brooklyn Grange, a working, one-acre farm that produces 14,000 pounds of produce a year. Photo by Tara Thayer.
    • The view from the Manhattan architecture firm's headquarters proves that office space need not be disconnected from nature. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.The view from the Manhattan architecture firm's headquarters proves that office space need not be disconnected from nature. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • Con Edison is monitoring the performance of the extensive green roof on its Queens training center in collaboration with Columbia University.  Photo by Tara ThayerCon Edison is monitoring the performance of the extensive green roof on its Queens training center in collaboration with Columbia University. Photo by Tara Thayer
    • A colorful mix of sedum species grows on the roof of a recently-built, low-income housing unit in the South Bronx. Photo by Tara Thayer.A colorful mix of sedum species grows on the roof of a recently-built, low-income housing unit in the South Bronx. Photo by Tara Thayer.
    • A tiny grassland sits on the roof of a Brooklyn Heights carriage house. Photo by Tara Thayer.A tiny grassland sits on the roof of a Brooklyn Heights carriage house. Photo by Tara Thayer.
    • Students in the Bronx are able to use their school's newly built green roof to learn both natural sciences and green-collar job skills. Photo by Elizabeth PetersStudents in the Bronx are able to use their school's newly built green roof to learn both natural sciences and green-collar job skills. Photo by Elizabeth Peters
    • A modular vegetated wall system is just one of many innovations that the city Parks Department is testing on its Randall's Island building. Photo by Tara ThayerA modular vegetated wall system is just one of many innovations that the city Parks Department is testing on its Randall's Island building. Photo by Tara Thayer
    • The U.S. Postal Service installed a semi-intensive green roof system on its massive 1933 midtown Manhattan distribution center as part of a retrofit that is saving $1 million per year in energy costs. Photo by Tara Thayer.The U.S. Postal Service installed a semi-intensive green roof system on its massive 1933 midtown Manhattan distribution center as part of a retrofit that is saving $1 million per year in energy costs. Photo by Tara Thayer.
    • A six-story loft building supports an enclosed galley kitchen and attached porch from which to admire the functional, extensive green roof system. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.A six-story loft building supports an enclosed galley kitchen and attached porch from which to admire the functional, extensive green roof system. Photo by Elizabeth Peters.
    • The meadow-like living roof on BBG's Visitor Center is  integrated into the surrounding landscape and designed so that visitors can see it up close from several vantage points. Photo by Albert Varvecka.The meadow-like living roof on BBG's Visitor Center is integrated into the surrounding landscape and designed so that visitors can see it up close from several vantage points. Photo by Albert Varvecka.

    Living roofs have been sprouting up all over New York City lately—on luxury apartment buildings, public housing units, schools, office towers, and at BBG, of course! Some are park-like retreats, others look more like windswept prairies, some even support thriving vegetable farms. BBG's latest handbook, Green Roofs and Rooftop Gardens, provides a detailed look at this trend and offers glimpses at some of the most interesting examples in the five boroughs. It also features detailed information on the environmental benefits of these systems, as well as the construction and planting process, advice for bringing a system to your school or apartment building, and a guide for creating a do-it-yourself version. Below is a sneak peak of what's inside. Be sure to check out the book to see more!


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