ADVERTISEMENT

From Anthrax to Allium: Views from a New York Postal Facility's Green Roof [Slide Show]

A climate scientist studying the cooling effects of various environmentally engineered roofing treatments recently led a tour of a large postal facility's green roof

1 of 12

STUART GAFFIN

Columbia University climate scientist Stuart Gaffin is involved in experiments at various green roofs throughout the New York area. New York has about 22 times the area of Central Park as roof space. ....[ More ]

JUNEBERRY TREES

Several Juneberry or serviceberry trees, in the genus Amelanchier , grow in raised beds on the green roof at the Morgan facility.....[ More ]

CHIVES

Chives, or Allium schoenoprasum , native to North America and Europe, poke through in some of the beds.....[ More ]

YARROW

Yarrow, or Achillea , which grows as a weed in the Northeast, among other areas, thrives on the roof at the Morgan facility.....[ More ]

URBAN WILDFLOWERS

This wildflower, Talinum calycinum , native primarily to parts of the U.S. Midwest and South, is sprinkled across the roof in various plots and is flowering despite the dry summer weather.....[ More ]

SEDUM CLOSE-UP

A close-up of more of the various blends or mixes of Sedum on the roof of the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center in Manhattan.....[ More ]

AUTUMN JOY

One of the Sedum types at the Morgan facility roof is called autumn joy, though it looks pretty happy in the summer here too.....[ More ]

HARDY SEDUM

The most common plants on the Morgan facility roof are a mix of 10 different types of Sedum , succulents that flower and are highly drought- and cold-tolerant. " You can plant them upside down and they'll grow.....[ More ]

GOLDEN GRASSES

The tall grasses at the Morgan facility green roof are " Calamagrostis [x acutiflora] 'Karl Foerster'," says Angie Durham, green roof manager for Tecta America, the contractor that put in the green roof.....[ More ]

EMPIRE STATE

The Empire State Building is one of the city landmarks visible from the green roof atop the Morgan facility.....[ More ]

GREEN VISTAS

The New York skyline crowns the edges of the extensive planted areas. Posted "green roof rules" advise visitors (the roof typically is open only to U.S. Postal Service employees) that the area is under security surveillance and to walk only on the boardwalk, refrain from smoking and place trash in receptacles.....[ More ]

POSTAL PARK

The U.S. Postal Service's Morgan Processing and Distribution Center in Manhattan is the site of the largest green roof in Manhattan. At 65,000 square feet, some say it is  the largest in New York City, but a green roof at Ikea in Brooklyn measures 70,000 square feet.....[ More ]

risk free title graphic

YES! Send me a free issue of Scientific American with no obligation to continue the subscription. If I like it, I will be billed for the one-year subscription.

cover image Subscribe Now
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Share this Article:
Scientific American Back To School

Back to School Sale!

12 Digital Issues + 4 Years of Archive Access just $19.99

Order Now >

X

Email this Article



This function is currently unavailable

X