Green "Living" Roof

The new Cal Academy will be covered in a "living roof" - to be planted with approximately 1.7 million plants. Native species like California poppies, Beach strawberries and miniature lupine will attract and provide habitat for local butterflies and bees.


The roof will also provide an insulating layer for the building that will reduce energy needs for air-conditioning. Approximately 2 million gallons of rainwater each year will be prevented from becoming storm-water runoff that carries pesticides, oil, litter, and other pollutants into the San Francisco Bay and other ecosystems.


FYI- This photo is part of the Green Building Revolution - KQED QUEST Flickr Set.

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  • I Putu Agus Prasetya 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called GREEN PLANET, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • postcarboncities 7y

    Thanks for using Creative Commons! We used a version of this photo to accompany an article on California's green building code on Post Carbon Cities, a website run by the nonprofit Post Carbon Institute. Your credit is below the article.
  • aaditi.lathi 5y

    Good decorators know that certain colors energize, Sun yellow, flaming red and verdant green all enliven and bring vitality to a space. Other shades impart a feeling of rest, relaxation and calm. These hues, softer and more visually peaceful than more vivid tones, make popular choices for bedroom, bathroom and living room areas. Paint your walls in one or more color options to bring a sense of tranquil fulfillment to your home time. Claire Plaister, writer and Feng Shui practitioner, writes that "color therapists generally use green to reduce stress, ease headaches, migraines and gastric ulcers or balance mood swings.
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