Discovering Boston’s Green Infrastructure: Tours of Innovative Award Winning Green Roofs to be Held During 2023 Boston Grey to Green Conference

The 2023 Boston Grey to Green Conference will be providing a series of unique tours to help explore green infrastructure science, economic valuation, asset management, public policy, technologies, and best practices in design, installation, and maintenance. 

Hosted by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the conference will also inform the current policy debate by advocating for a significant increase in green infrastructure investment, a growing trend worldwide. See the full agenda here, and register here.

The tours of award winning projects will take place at various locations around Boston and provide attendees with unique opportunities to witness sustainable design and urban ecology in action. Tour sites include:

The Boston Medical Center Green Roof: Attendees will visit this stunning example of sustainable design and urban ecology, which spans over 7,000 square feet and houses over 2600 square feet of growing space for a wide variety of vegetable crops. The farm provides fresh, local produce to BMC’s patients, cafeterias, Demonstration Kitchen, and Preventive Food Pantry. The green roof provides a range of environmental benefits, such as reducing stormwater runoff, improving air quality, and creating habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. Please note that attendees with allergies should be aware that there are beehives on the roof, and only 12 people can use the elevator to go up to the roof at a time.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Healing Gardens: Attendees will visit an expansive sixth-floor roof garden, raised 75 feet above Pilgrim Road between the existing Rosenberg Building and the inpatient floors of the bed tower. The 11,000 square foot dedicated space provides patients and staff with an opportunity to escape the stressful hospital environment and gain respite and relaxation to help the healing process.

CALA Powderhouse: This previously vacant building was granted a new lease on life when architect Sebastián Mariscal secured development rights on the property from the City of Somerville. CALA’s sunken central courtyard and upper landing were each marked as green roofs in the renovation design, totaling 28,939 square feet of publicly accessible green space. Recover installed both sections of green roof as …


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