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City Council to investigate possibility of Green Roofs

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Remember when the Talking Heads had that sweet song "Nothing But Flowers" from their Naked album? Remember albums? There was a line in the idealistic song that went "Once there were parking lots / Now it's a peaceful oasis". If the LA City Council gets it together we might see peaceful oasises on top of parking lots as well as on top of city buildings. The ultimate LA win-win.

L.A. Deputy City Engineer Deborah Weintraub told CBS-2 yesterday that eco-friendly roofs are not only smart, but can effect the weather.

"If you looked at LA a hundred years ago you would have seen a lot more landscaping," said Weintraub. "With all the construction we have now put in the LA basin we have increased the temperature of the basin. By putting green roofs on buildings we would be adding green space that would help to lower the temperature."
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Our question to the city is, what is there left to investigate? Green is the way to go, that's a no-brainer, the city even has an inconvenient PDF (as opposed to an HTML) resource guide on how to make a green roof. What we'd like the City Council to do is set a deadline when the majority of city buildings that can support a green roof will enter the 21st century. While it's a nice start that the City Council has approved one building in Council District 9 to incorporate a green roof, Ford's Premier Automotive Group's HQ in Irvine became the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in the OC and is about to celebrate it's fifth anniversary of having a 45,000 square-foot green roof. So whaddup LA? What's the hold up?

According to a year-old article in the OC Register, the Irvine-based architectural firm LPA built two green projects for Wal*Mart. Perhaps if LA had worked with LPA during the South Central Farm drama the compromise that LAist featured earlier this summer of moving the farm atop the proposed Wal*Mart warehouses could have been the win-win solution.

photo by birdw0rks via flickr

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