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June 11, 2003

Six North American Green Roof Projects Win Awards

The first-ever "Green Roof Awards of Excellence" were presented to six North American green roof projects during the first-ever conference on green roofs for all of North America, held in late May in Chicago. Of the six winners, five were in the United States, including one each in Baltimore, Maryland; San Bruno, California; Shorewood, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah. The sole Canadian winner was a project in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Green roofs involve planting gardens and other vegetation on the roofs of buildings, helping to keep the building cool while also reducing the urban heat island effect that can drive up temperatures within cities. The awards cover both new and retrofit green roofs, and demonstrate some of the diverse approaches to this innovative building technology. See the awards page on the "Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities" Web site, and read in-depth descriptions in the "Profile of Award Winners" (PDF 647 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.