Building roofs have traditionally been designed to get rainwater off of them quickly and into the storm sewer. RIT is going against this tradition. Three buildings on campus have green roofs, which provide good insulation for the buildings and create habitats for pollinators.
A small section of the roof on Engineering Technology Hall contains a lightweight tray system that contain sedum plants. This was the first green roof installed at RIT.
On the walk out roof of Sustainability Institute Hall, there is a combination of green roof systems. The first is another light-weight tray system similar to the one on Engineering Technology Hall. The second is a deeper, intensive area along the outside perimeter of the roof that features plants that are important in the Monarch Butterfly lifecycle. The roof is part of the Seneca Park Zoo’s Butterfly Beltway project.
The third, also an intensive green roof, is located in Global Village on top of the Cantina and Grill. The grasses on this roof are planted in soil, which also serves as added insulation for the building.