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Green Roof Research Program

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About the Program:

The Green Roof Research Program at MSU was initiated in collaboration with Ford Motor Company during 2000 in an effort to advise them on the installation of their 42,177 m2 (10.4 acres) extensive green roof on a new assembly plant in Dearborn, MI.  The overall objective of our ongoing research is to advance knowledge by providing scientific evidence regarding the performance of green roofs and to promote their use.  Research topics include: carbon sequestration; energy conservation and microclimate moderation; plant evaluations; plant moisture requirements, drought tolerance and irrigation; pollution; public awareness and acceptance; stormwater management; growing substrates; urban agriculture; and wildlife habitat relationships and biodiversity.