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I want to create a rooftop garden on the roof of the Herb Alpert Center.

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The roof of the Herb Alpert has a great view, but importantly, has ample space for a potential rooftop garden. A rooftop garden has many benefits for our campus.

- Green roof growing media retain rainwater and, together with plants, return a portion of this water to the atmosphere through evaporation and transpiration (evapotranspiration).
- Stormwater that runs off a green roof is cleaner than runoff from a conventional roof.
- Retention and delay of runoff eases stress on stormwater infrastructure and sewers.
- Cost savings from decentralized stormwater mitigation reduces the need to expand or renovate related infrastructure.
- In summer, the green roof protects the building from direct solar heat.
- In winter, the green roof minimizes heat loss through added insulation on the roof.
- Energy conservation translates into fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
- Less ground level ozone + less heat = less smog.
- Reduced Urban Heat Island profile.
- Less need for health care services result in societal cost savings.
- This could be a potential building project for biology and botany classes, but could also be a learning experience for the entire school. Everyone can pitch in, bringing building supplies, seeds, and soil to the roof.

Some more points for recreational value:

- Amenity space for day care, meetings, and recreation.
- Improved aesthetic views for neighbors in adjacent buildings.
- Improved worker productivity and creativity.
- Potential to enhance urban food security through rooftop gardening and food production.

As a progressive school, we put the well being of people at the forefront, but what about other organisms. A rooftop garden could benefit biodiversity and wildlife:

“Green roofs are intrinsically of greater benefit to biodiversity than more traditional roofing methods. Many green roof manufacturers promote green roofs as benefiting wildlife, but with little evidence to demonstrate this. Of course 'off the shelf' green roof systems do provide benefits for wildlife compared to non-green roofs, but research in Switzerland and in London shows that green roofs need to be designed to meet specific local biodiversity conservation objectives. Swiss research Detailed research into biodiversity and green roofs has been undertaken since 1997. This research was specifically driven by concern over the impacts of new developments on brownfield land in the city. Such land has been recognised as important for a number of national scarce beetles and rare spiders. These species were originally associated with Rhineland alluvial gravel habitat, little of which remains. These species had found refuge on brownfields in Northern Switzerland.”

With all this being said, speaking with the facilities staff about this is of the utmost importance. Building the rooftop garden would mean a lot, but not at the expense of possibly hindering machinery that members of facilities work hard to maintain. People in facilities are the last people we want against the garden. They keep the school running, and would be vital in supporting the construction of the garden. We need their help, not to give them worries. As we go along with this project, I encourage anyone involved to talk to facilities consistently about possible factors in the building process.

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