The American Chemical Society Green Roof Blog
- Join Joanna Brosnan, Director of ACS’s Facilities Department (top) who initiated the project, and Stormy Gorham (bottom), for a weekly account of the project as it unfolds.
The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society is taking another major step in transforming its headquarters into one of the most energy-efficient and sustainable structures possible with existing technology by starting construction of a meadow on the roof — a “green roof” for its headquarters building.
Only 1 in 10 office buildings in the Washington, D.C., area have these innovative surfaces. Green roofs use green plants growing on a specially engineered surface to absorb carbon dioxide from the air, save energy on heating and cooling, promote cleaner air, and reduce stormwater runoff that can overburden city sewers.
About The American Chemical SocietyThe American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
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Hey I had to let you know what’s been going on up on the roof? When I looked around wondering where we could go, that old song popped into my head. “Up on the Roof.” The pavers were being laid … Continue reading
Time for another update on the ACS Green Roof! You have all heard the nursery rhyme Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, we have penned our own version!! ACS, ACS, How does your garden grow? It grows with Green Roof plants in a … Continue reading
Now that the waterproof membrane, which is the base of the Green Roof, has been laid we are ready to get down to the grass roots of the project. Monday October 11th begins the laying of the green roof so … Continue reading
As mentioned in our first blog entry only one in 10 buildings in Washington D.C. area have green roofs. But what if they all did? Well, scientists in Michigan recently calculated that replacing traditional roofing materials in an urban area … Continue reading
Okay, we thought is was about time to show you some of the pictures and the progress we have made on the American Chemical Society Hach building Green Roof journey. So watch your step! The first stop has lots of … Continue reading
Hello, everyone! I’m Joanna Brosnan, director of the American Chemical Society’s Facilities Department, and the roof on one of our main facilities, Hach Building at 16th and M Streets in northwest Washington, DC, is going GREEN!!!! Nope! We don’t mean green … Continue reading