Wayne State University

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Green roofs

WSU is taking the green movement to the top of the campus, literally! Two of the newest buildings on campus --the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the Law School and the A. Paul Schaap Chemistry Building-- have green roofs.

A green roof is covered with plants. There are several types of systems, ranging from the basic self-sustaining green roof to a more elaborate system with a drainage and irrigation system.  A green roof has two advantages, reducing stormwater runoff and lowering cooling costs. While green roofs have been identified with the "green" movement, this practice has been used for centuries around the world. Now it's growing at Wayne State University.