The University of the District of Columbia has announced the establishment of 20,000-square-foot green roof on the top of Building 44. The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences says the green roof will produce food for the university and surrounding community including cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, chard, and basil. The crops were chosen because they require little maintenance.
In addition to producing food, the green roof will reduce energy costs by providing shade and natural cooling to the building. It will also reduce storm water runoff and decrease tap water usage.
Sabine O’Hara, dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences says that “the green roof stands as a model of progress, not only for the University of the District of Columbia but also as a positive step in the fight to ensure that all District residents have access to fresh and nutritious food.”