In New Jersey, the ‘Backyard’ Up on the Roof

Last Sunday’s New York Times covered the growing green roof movement, this time focusing on urban New Jersey. Tom Bauer, ASLA, served as guide.

“It is the right thing to do, for so many reasons,” [Bauer] said. He cited “aesthetic improvement,” meaning that people living and working up high get to look down on garden greenery as opposed to black tar and gravel, and “environmental improvement” — the natural cooling effect of “green” roofs and their efficient use of rainwater.
The Times piece has a great quote from a happy customer: “Size is not the important part,” Mr. Miles said emphatically…. “You just need a little place to drink your beverage in the morning or at night, and to take a breath outside, and get a feel for the day.”

Read the full article here.