Green Roof Industry Grows More Than 25 Percent in 2006

Green Roof Industry Grows More Than 25 Percent in 2006

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American green roof industry association, has released the results from its Second Annual Industry Survey of corporate members' completed green roof projects in 2006.

With more than 3 million square feet of new green roofs installed in 2006, the survey has found that the industry grew more than 25 percent since 2005. For intensive green roofs that typically incorporate larger plants, the growth rate was 110 percent in 2006.

"The green roof industry is growing rapidly in response to the pressing need for cleaner air, better storm water management, improved energy efficiency and more usable green space in our communities," said Steven Peck, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. "Green roofs have really captured many people’s attention as a beautiful way to help fight climate change and save money."

The City of Chicago, which has policies in place to support green roofs and urban greening, implemented the most square feet of green roofs in 2006 of any city, followed closely by Washington, D.C. "My goal is to make Chicago the greenest, most environmentally friendly city in the nation and we are leading by example in our green roof development," said Mayor Richard M. Daley. "With over one million square feet of green roofs completed in Chicago and another 2 million in development, our city has truly embraced this practice as a way to help conserve Chicago for future generations."

Here are the 2006 Top Ten Cities for green roofs, by total square footage installed:
  1. Chicago, Ill.
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Wildwood Crest, N.J.
  4. Dulles, Va.
  5. Kansas City, Mo.
  6. Phoenix, Ariz.
  7. Milwaukee, Wis.
  8. New York City
  9. Portland, Ore.
  10. Columbus, Ohio
More information about green roofs is available from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.