Undergraduate Honors Thesis


Green Roofs in Cities: An Assessment of the Benefits and Review of Policy Public Deposited

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  • Green roofs (GRs, i.e., vegetated roofs) have been increasing in popularity all over the world within the past few years but were first researched and built in Germany in the 1960s. Since then, decades of research have been done on the potential costs and benefits of green roofs: economically, environmentally, and for the mental and physical wellbeing of people living in cities. This literature synthesis will address green roof implementation in metropolitan areas and present current policy from several cities around the world. A synthesis is presented on how particular green roof aspects can be customized to given climate zones. Practices in Denver’s GR industry are evaluated in view of what additional research is needed on the function of GRs, the role of plant species selection in supporting biodiversity, and how to encourage more widespread use of GRs. Economic, environmental, and public health benefits are identified, with the conclusion that these more than compensate for the initial upfront costs of GR installment, and the need for improved local and global policy work in support of mass presence of GRs and future green infrastructure.

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  • 2022-04-04
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  • 2022-04-12
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