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Green roofs over Loyola

October 27, 2010
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MONTREAL — Construction workers are hustling to put up the Genomics Centre and PERFORM Centre before federal stimulus money runs out, according to The Link.
High above the scurrying on the ground, another project is being added to the list: Green roofs, the article noted.
"We have a real groundswell of demand for hands-on learning in terms of sustainability solutions and green roofs could be a part of that," said Alex Oster, a former Concordia Student Union vice president of sustainability and projects who is now working in the Dean of Students office.
Oster is hoping for the green roofs project to have at least three roofs at Loyola Campus evaluated by a structural engineer by the end of the year: If he has his way, plants could be budding atop the Centre Building (CC), Campus Centre (SC) and Science Complex (SP) by next year, the article stated.
"The benefits to this are quite clear, especially in terms of social wellbeing and ecological savings," Oster said.
"We want to bring this to the administration in terms of their investment and tell them what their payback period will be. The truth will be in the numbers," Oster added.
Apart from saving money for the university and creating new spaces for students to study and mingle the green roofs could become a critical component in the education of sustainable citizens, the article added.
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