As the need for more environmentally conscious policies grows, municipalities need to find affordable ways to positively impact their local environments. One way to produce such change with little to no cost to the municipality is to zone for “green” roof requirements on all new industrial developments in the city. “Green” roofing is the practice of building roofs partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium. “Green” roof developments provide increased vegetation to a community, which improves the air quality and helps prevent storm water pollution.

Download the Model Ordinance and make a presentation to your local governing body.

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Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2013 Report “Rooftops to Rivers II” looks at how cities of all sizes are employing green infrastructure to solve their stormwater pollution problems and revitalize their communities.