Gaithersburg honored for green roofs


The City of Gaithersburg found itself near the top of a national list, celebrating cities that keep their roofs good and green with plenty of plant life.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities conducted the survey and ranked Gaithersburg at number 10 in the nation behind cities like Seattle, Portland and Chicago.

Gaithersburg City Council member Laurie-Anne Sayles said the city has used grants and incentives to get residents keeping their neighborhoods as green as possible.

Green roofs, like the one built at Epworth United Methodist Church, provide a cooling effect reduce storm water runoff and cut down on greenhouse gases.

“As we are losing much of our green space, we want people who understand the importance of preserving green spaces and they’re doing innovative designs like green groups, solar panels and rain gardens on their properties,” said council member Sayles.

Some other examples of the city’s green areas can be found at the Gaithersburg High School, the youth center and the Medimmune Childcare Facility.

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