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Greening the Rooftops

The “green” roof of the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment is full of color on a recent summer morning. One of five green roofs on the Franklin & Marshall campus, it includes several different varieties of sedums, such as Angelina, Fuldaglut, Tricolor and Weihenstephaner Gold. Green roofs reduce the energy required to cool and heat buildings, and retain water to decrease runoff during rainstorms.

The roof of Bonchek College House, above, was the first roof on the F&M campus to “go green.” The sedums are similar to those found on the Wohlsen Center, although here they exist in trays. Brooks and Weis College Houses also have green roofs, while Schnader Hall’s rooftop recently became the College’s fifth.