the upper altamaha initiative:
toward a greener downtown: green roofs as stormwater reduction tools for public buildings in downtown athens, ga
Tammy Andros, Environmental Design, and Ted Maclin, Anthropology.
Green Roof Proposal and Guide (PDF)
The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Unified Government is seeking to improve stormwater management practices in the downtown Athens area. They wish to install a green roof on the east balcony of ACC City Hall as a stormwater reduction pilot project. To assist the ACC unified government in this process, we have developed (1) a site plan for a green roof on the east balcony of City Hall including options for layouts, plant materials, etc.; (2) text describing (a) project budget and potential funding sources, (b) physical issues such as construction materials, weight limitations and structural needs, potential for roof failure and associated repair, (c) benefits of a green roof program and risks to avoid; (d) legal issues including compliance with local historic preservation ordinances and building warranties, and (e) opportunities for public education; and (3) guidelines that ACC can use to evaluate future green roof projects.