Central Library’s green roof takes root

Read the full story at OnMilwaukee.com

In May 2011, we visited the Milwaukee Public Library’s recently installed green roof, which boasted not only a couple rows of solar panels, but 33,000 square feet of rainwater capturing and temperature moderating plants.

Back then, the plants were in but they were little more than seedlings, so the roof didn’t look very green. This week, I stopped in to check on the progress.

Three years later, the roof is a lush carpet of ground covering plants, especially a variety of sedums as well as chives and some grasses. It’s mostly green — though the green refers to its eco-friendliness as much as the color of the vegetation — but there are some reds, yellows and an attractive rust hue, too.

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