Compost For Manhattan’s Green Roofs

Urban agriculture is thriving in America, as cities expand access to public green space. In dense centers like New York, the movement has taken flight to rooftops across the city.

One Manhattan real estate company, the privately-held Durst Organization, plans to invest up to $1 million to install over an acre’s worth of green roofing atop eight commercial properties that it manages. These green rooftops will provide natural cooling for the buildings and save tens of thousands of gallons of water from entering the sewer system each year.

The best part? The company will send the food waste from the kitchens of its 11 buildings to a facility upstate, to be composted and returned as fertilizer for the green roof system. Sounds like a great plan to me.

[WSJ]

23. January 2013 by NGP
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