A New LiveRoof® Green Roof At Colorado College’s Honnen Ice Arena Enhances the School’s Sustainability Efforts, Propelling the Institution Closer To Its 2020 Carbon Neutral Goal
With a 2650 square foot LiveRoof® Green Roof installed on the Honnen Ice Arena, Colorado College moves closer to its goal of becoming Carbon Neutral by 2020. Colorado College has long-embraced sustainability through a progressive plan of tangible initiatives to address energy consumption, sustainability in the dining halls, water resource policies, waste and recycling practices. Living roofs provide important energy reduction benefits such as reducing this ice arena’s use of air conditioning during warmer months, while the plants will serve to sequester carbon emissions.
Colorado College is actively pursuing goals such as preserving regional and community water supply by reducing potable water usage by 50%. The institution incorporates operational strategies including storm water management and treatment, water-efficient landscaping, and water-use reduction making a living roof a natural fit for this campus. Green roofs reduce stormwater runoff by 65-90 percent in the summer and 25-40 percent during winter months by utilizing succulent sedum plants. The drought-tolerant sedums have been custom-grown for this rooftop garden to match the local climate. The result is a low-maintenance green space that reduces heating and cooling costs, extends roof life, lowers noise pollution and provides a natural air filtration system.
“At Colorado College we view sustainability in part as a place-based relationship,” said Ian Johnson, director of sustainability at Colorado College. “This roof uses climate-appropriate plants that beautify and help connect us with natural spaces while making the building more energy efficient. We’re emulating nature to create attractive, effective solutions that support our strategic goals.”
At Colorado College, sustainability encompasses elements of the entire campus. Built in 2005, the 54,123-square-foot Russell T. Tutt Science Center was the first building in southern Colorado to earn LEED certification, and the first LEED certified science center in the country. Colorado College has also received LEED Gold Certification for the Cornerstone Arts Center. The College is also a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the local Southern Colorado Green Building Council.
“It’s exciting for us to partner with Colorado College and support them in reaching their sustainability goals,” says Charissa Wagner of Intermountain Roofscape Supply, the local grower of the LiveRoof system. “This living roof will help conserve water, lower heating and cooling costs, and extend the life of the roof. All these benefits contribute directly to the college’s goal of becoming carbon neutral in the next four years. We applaud their commitment toward successfully reaching this goal.”
The new LiveRoof® green roof covering Honnen Ice Arena features a patented, subterranean modular system that unites soil and plants creating a beautiful, meadow-like aesthetic. This green roof is cost effective, providing operational and maintenance cost savings from increased roof life, reduced energy use and stormwater management. The living roof will also reduce noise, protect air quality and provide natural beauty.
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