First, the second I caught sight of Barclays Center on Atlantic Ave., my eyes were met with an awe-inspiring, architecturally-beautiful structure topped with a green roof. (The style brought me back to last year's Worlds Fair in Milan, as it resembled many of the National Pavilions.)
- They are a big-hitter for green infrastructure. Green roofs capture rain water and decrease stormwater runoff. This alleviates pressure from sewer systems and keeps pollutants out of waterways.
- They act as a natural form of insulation for the building below, which decreases the amount of energy needed to moderate indoor temperature.
- They help to reduce heat island effect in dense city centers.
- They improve air quality because plants can capture and filter airborne pollutants.
- They are a visible and public display of innovation, leadership, and a sustainable commitment.