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Green Roofs and Reflective Roofs

The roofs of most buildings are black and absorb sunlight, warming the building and increasing the need for cooling during the summer. By coating your stadium’s roof with a light reflective surface, your team can reduce its energy use, saving both money and natural resources. Green roofs go a step further. By planting vegetation on the roof of your facility you reduce summer cooling loads, absorb greenhouse gases, and reduce water runoff.

When considering new construction or a renovation, ask your architects, suppliers, and contractors about green and reflective roof options.

Green roof examples

At 2.5 acres, the green roof atop the Target Center, home to the Minnesota Timberwolves, captures about a million gallons of stormwater per year, saving $10,000 annually in stormwater charges, as well as helping to alleviate the urban heat island effect.

Citi Field, home of the New York Mets since 2009, installed a 15,000 square foot green roof during construction of the new stadium, which reduces energy needs and reduces storm water runoff by approximately 80%.
City of Philadelphia Green Roofs
NRDC’s Santa Monica office
Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, Alexandria, Virginia

Environmental Benefits

Green and reflective roofs reduce energy consumption, mitigate air pollution, and help to lessen urban heat island effects. Less energy consumption means less global warming emissions less pollution, less acid rain, and fewer negative health and ecological effects associated with air pollution. Decreased stormwater runoff helps preserve stream habitats and prevent sewage overflows.

Additional Resources

Energy Star Reflective Roof Products website
EPA Green Roofs
Center for Green Roof Research at Penn State University
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
NRDC-From Rooftops to Rivers: Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and CSO