In addition to garnishing otherwise arid, glass and concrete urban environments with edifying nature areas, green roofs also bring a raft of benefits that can significantly enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the modern city.

Joe Glesta, a graduate student researcher at the University of Melbourne, points to the broad range of positive impacts that green roofs can have on urban environments. “The benefits of green roofs include decreased cooling and heating loads, improved air temperature, improved air quality, reduced urban heat island effects, carbon…