NEW YORK — The U.S. Postal Service
(USPS) recently completed its first green roof in company history atop the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center, according to a press release
The roof, which is set to last up to 50 years and will reduce storm water runoff by 75 percent, is the largest green roof in New York City
, the release stated.
Tom Samra, vice-president of USPS facilities, said: "The Postal Service is taking the lead when it comes to making a positive impact on the environment. We’re proud to dedicate our first green roof, and we are pleased to showcase this environmental oasis today in New York City."
The 2.5-acre green roof is seven stories off the ground and features several native plants such as Calamagrostis, a lush, maintenance-free grass, the release noted.
The new green roof, designed by Tecta America Corporation
, fits perfectly into the USPS'' commitment to create sustainable spaces and facilities wherever possible and will help them meet their goal to reduce energy usage 30 percent by 2015, the release added.