Greenovate Boston » Higher Ground Rooftop Farm’s John Stoddard and Courtney Hennessey

What is a green roof? “A waste-eliminating, resource-protecting, CO2-reducing, powerhouse of a concept that also produces delicious organically grown food!” explains John Stoddard, founding farmer of Higher Ground farm, Boston’s first rooftop farm, located atop the Boston Design Center in the Seaport district. By using a system of layers laid over an existing roof, green roofs benefit the building owner and their community by reducing energy usage (by insulating the property in the winter and cooling it in the summer), reducing waste by protecting and prolonging the roof’s life, and–in Higher Ground’s case–feeding the community!  This isn’t to even mention how green roofs help manage stormwater overflow and heat island effects caused by the city’s changing climate.

via Greenovate Boston » Higher Ground Rooftop Farm’s John Stoddard and Courtney Hennessey.