As you know from recent blogs by both Tracy and me, Northfield is looking at Low Impact Development. There are a number of emerging technologies that can help protect our streams, rivers and lakes but one that is getting a lot of attention right now is the Green Roof.
Fortunately, we don’t have to visit exotic places like the east coast, the west coast or Minneapolis to learn more about this new approach to handling the rain on the top of our buildings, Carleton College has already conducted an experiment and built a model.
Carleton’s green roof is the first student-designed and built green roof in the state of Minnesota. It is also the first green roof project to use only plant species native to Minnesota. The roof is next to Mudd Hall between Mudd and Olin Halls.
If you’d like to learn more about the details of a green roof, you’re in luck. RENew Northfield is hosting a workshop on “Greener Roofing Alternatives” Saturday, November 18th from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Northfield Public Library. For more information on the workshop, which is free and open to the public, see the blog on their website.