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Green Roofs for Buses

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Green roofs are a familiar concept among high-performance building designers and other EcoGeeks, but what about a mobile green roof moving through a city?

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Michael O (176)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:55 pm
By Philip Proefrock

A project called Bus Roots takes the idea of green roofs and installs it on a bus. The project is the graduate thesis of NYU student Marco Antonio Castro Cosio. A mobile science lab called Bio Bus is the host for this project.

The Bus Roots project uses an extensive green roof system similar to that used for buildings and covers the 340 square feet (31.6 square meters) of bus roof with shallow trays of plants in growth media.

Bringing a mobile patch of plants through the city offers a list of potential benefits, including mitigation of heat island effect, CO2 absorbtion, oxygen production, and aesthetic value. For those of you in or around New York City and are planning to attend the MakerFaire at the end of September, the Bio Bus is scheduled to appear at that event, and you may be able to see it in person.

Jason S (50)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:58 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:10 am
How wonderful!

Talya H (10)
Monday September 17, 2012, 9:03 pm
This is brilliant!

Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 7:39 am
A lovely idea, as long as it doesn't cause additional injury in the event of an accident - eg stones or heavy plants falling off at high velocity and hitting people on the pavement or road.

Pam Choate (8)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 9:19 am
I love this idea for milder climates - where the plants wouldn't cook on the metal roof tops!

Robert O (12)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 11:38 am
That's a clever and unique idea. Thanks Michael. :)

Quinton Smith (40)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 12:49 pm
We "HUMANS" are killing this earth an if we don't start saving her all life "HUMAN AN NON-HUMAN AS WE KNOW IT WILL DIE" this is a good idea for buses as long as they stay under 35 miles an hour so the plants worn fly off the roof also I thing all roofs need to have plants on them it will make more oxygen lower the amount of power needed to cool in summer an heat in winter. =^..^=

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 1:04 pm
I think this is a very good idea, but it probably doesn't offset the harm caused it the bus is running on fossil fuels. Solar cells on the roof to power the bus seems to be a better idea.

Christeen A (370)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 2:47 pm
Good idea. Thanks for sharing.

Rin S (10)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 3:14 am
This would be incredible!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 5:32 am
incredible idea... thanks for the interesting post

Sergio Padilla (65)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 5:20 pm
Great idea!

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 9:17 am
Sorry, not practical.
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