The stark, gray rooftop of the Langford Architecture Building on the campus of Texas A&M University will turn green in the months and years to come as students and professors from three academic disciplines come together to create a “green roof.”
Green roofs are roofs that are either partially or completely covered with vegetation. “Green roofs help cool rooftops, conserve energy, prevent urban flooding, provide wildlife habitat and create urban green space,” says Bruce Dvorak, a professor in Texas A&M’s Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, and one of three faculty members leading students in the rooftop planting project.
The green roof project on Langford Building A is funded by a Tier One Program (TOP) grant, a funding initiative at Texas A&M designed to enhance students’ learning experiences.
In addition to Landscape Architecture, students from the Department of Horticultural Sciences, led by Professor Astrid Volder, and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, led by Professor Don Conlee, are participating in the project, “designing, constructing, installing and maintaining all elements of the green roof including physical structures, instrumentation, planting and plant maintenance, and associated data processing and display,” Dvorak explains. Read more and watch video here.