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A 6,000-square foot 'Green Roof' at The Moore Farms Botanical Gardens in Lake City serves as a part of a national experiment in green building design. The roof has the potential to  save money and help make an environmental impact by cutting down on energy use.

The 'Green Roof' has gained popularity in New York, Chicago, the Pacific Northwest and in Europe. The Pee Dee-area experiments are designed to figure just which plant varieties will work best for the area.

"It helps reduce the heating and cooling cost of the building, because the roof actually, serves as something of an insulator," said Ethan Kauffman, the Garden Director at The Moore Farms Botanical Garden.

 The 'Green' or sometimes called 'Living Roof'  can establish a new wildlife habitat, produce cleaner air and reduce noise pollution. The water flowing from these living roofs are said to be cleaner and lessens the load on storm water infrastructure during downpours.

"The rain hits the roof, and the soil on top of it, preventing the water from just sliding right off like a typical roof,  the water slowly drips out of it, therefore mitigating any kind of flooding or other effects from too much water at one time," said Kauffman. 

there are several "Green Roof's" springing up in the Pee Dee area, like the Leatherman Science Building at Francis Marion University, the University now has  a 3,000-square a living roof of their very own.

"The University brought the Green Roof to support our interest of testing energy conservation, were very interested in trying to conserve the energy we use, and the green roof is one way of trying to do this," said Dr. Ann Stoekmann, the Chair and Associate Professor of Biology at Francis Marion University.

The typical cost of a Green Roof is about $10 a square foot and once the roof system is set up, there is little maintenance involved depending upon what's being planted.

To find out more about the 'Living/Green  Roof' and the Moore Farms Botanical Garden, just visit their website for additional information.

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