NORMAN, OK — An experimental green roof on the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma
is up for a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
award in the Educational Institution category, according to The Oklahoma Daily.
The meteorology and architecture departments have joined forces to grow plants on the roof of the National Weather Center to test their effect on energy usage and stormwater runoff, the article stated.
"It can help with cooling and if we get natural cooling it helps reduce energy consumption," meteorology professor Petra Klein said.
"It also has positive impacts on air quality ... the plants themselves help to clean the air and by using less energy means fewer emissions," Klein added.
The green roof concept has been around for centuries, but found contemporary support in the last 30 years, the article noted.