Build Grass Roofs on UT buildings

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NYC is one huge city that is taking a step into changing future cities urban design by transforming a once bare and useless rooftop, to a flourishing green ecosystem that has so many social, economic and environmental benefits.

A Green Roof is different types of gardens that are created on the tops of buildings to help manage stormwater, improve air quality, help cool city temperatures, insulate the building, create park space, support local wildlife, and much more. The one in NYC in itself became a habitat for 300,000 bees, 25 different bird species, brought the temperature of the roof down by 6 degrees Fahrenheit, absorbed 7 million gallons of stormwater and reduced its energy consumption by 26%, which translated into saving 3 million dollars. Rooftops are a huge part of the urban development and now, it seems to be turning into a huge opportunity for cities to become more natural in a way that urban cities never could before. 

UT is filled with beautiful buildings, and therefore, many bare and unconventional rooftops. How beneficial and amazing would building green roofs be to the school and its students? The city itself is always finding ways to be green and I can't think of a better city in Texas than Austin to begin such a task that will create a more environment-friendly town. 



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