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Nature and Green Roofs are Being Integrated into Major Cities


Thanks to dedicated nature-lovers and environmentalists, green space has started to become an integral part of the biggest and busiest urban areas in the US.

NYC’s always-bustling, never-sleeping reputation, but there are serene pieces of nature tucked away everywhere -- a park along the West Side Highway, a garden atop a roof at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and even all the way down in Battery Park.

Outside of the Washington University School of Medicine seems like a regular city square -- one that might require thousands of dollars to maintain -- but the Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza actually re-creates the self-sustaining natural habitat of a Missouri woodland in multiple ways. Instead of selecting greenery that needs constant trimming, mulching, and replanting, plants that self-cultivate every year and naturally rid themselves of weeds were chosen.

The calming infinity fountain in the center needs a little maintenance, and some minimal work is done depending on the season. Designed to deliver peace and comfort to visitors who might be facing difficult medical situations, the tranquil plaza is more than just a beautiful garden.

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This Quick Read was submitted by Ryan Berlin, managing editor of Facility Maintenance Decisions, ryan.berlin@tradepressmedia.com. Read more about the sustainability of green roofs and their financial benefits.

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