Hopkins Green Roof

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Director of Port Control Robert Kennedy, and Chief of Sustainability Matthew Gray announced that Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) was awarded an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency FFY 2012 Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source grant and has installed two demonstration vegetative roofs at CLE.

CLE is installing a combined total of 8,000 sq ft of green roof space on the roofs which will capture 72,000 gallons of water per year. Using estimates from the Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, approximately 2.2 lbs. of nitrogen, 0.3 lbs. of phosphorus, and 108 lbs. (0.054 tons) of sediment will be kept out of the Cuyahoga River each year. In addition, due to natural carbon sequestration by plants, 880 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent would be removed from the air each year, helping to mitigate climate change.

This is the first City-owned building with a green roof. Rooftop Green is a Cleveland-based manufacturer, using recycled materials remanufactured in Cleveland by Fiberworx and seeding the trays for individual orders which are assembled in Cleveland.

William C. Rieter