A New Benefit to Green Roofs

Green roofs are a growing trend among landscape designers and architects. Their benefits range from water conservation to drainage management.

However, buildings themselves are no stranger to being obtrusive to wildlife. Window collisions due to reflective glass and bright lights have created issues for birds. According to the American Bird Conservancy more than a billion birds die each year from collisions with glass.With trees and safe harbors for wildlife deminishing in the city, birds and other animals are given less and less places to ride out storms. “An overnight storm this past March left 395 warblers and orioles dead outside the 23-story One Moody Plaza in Galveston, Texas,” the ABC claims.Javits_Green Roof_PlanbThis is where Green Roofs come in! Green Roofs are becoming a gathering place for birds and birdwatchers. New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was once ranked among the top three bird-killing buildings in the area. However, since renovations in 2009, the new retrofitted low-reflective glass has reduced collisions by 90 percent. In addition, the 6.75-acre rooftop has been converted into a green space that a growing number of birds have begun utilizing.

Others are beginning to see the benefits of implementing these changes. In addition, areas such as this are attracting bird watchers. The roofs allow watchers to get a better view of birds on the roof and flying above.

This change brings wildlife back to the cities. Click here for the original article.