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UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Green Infrastructure

Green Roofs

Currently, the University has two extensive green roofs, one on the DAA addition of the DAAP complex and one on Procter Hall.  The University also has the Zimmer Hall Roof Garden that functions as a green roof.  The new College of Business features an intensive green roof.  In addition to reducing the amount of stormwater runoff and lessening the probability of combined sewer overflow events, green roofs are multi-functional as they reduce the urban heat island effect, provide habitat, enhance biodiversity, reduce heating and cooling costs of buildings, and add aesthetic, rejuvenating, and biopihlic qualities.

Procter Hall Green Roof
DAAP Green Roof
Living Wall

Living Wall

In December of 2018, the University installed its first living wall, located on the Langsam Library patio.  Living Walls are a form of green infrastructure that provide multi-functional benefits, as they work to reduce the urban heat island effect, cleanse the air of pollutants, provide enhanced insulation to buildings, reduce stormwater runoff, and provide aesthetic beauty and biophilic connections to nature.  The living wall came to fruition thanks to the advocacy and interest of passionate students and with the help of UC Libraries, Urban Blooms, the Department of Planning + Design + Construction, and the Office of Sustainability.

Bioswales

Bioswales are a form of green infrastructure that work to sequester and retain stormwater in order to reduce the possibility of combined sewer overflow events, assist with irrigation, filter out contaminants, and keep water on site.  The University has a number of bioswales, most notably the Teachers-Dyer Complex courtyard and in the parking lot of the 1819 Innovation Hub.

Teachers Dyers Bioswale
1819 Hub