Photo: Beacon, New York Post Office 12508, by Jimmy Emerson, some rights reserved. Photo shared under the Creative Commons License.


We went to check on Civil Engineering’s weather station on the green roof of the USPS post office. New York City presents the perfect opportunity for bringing green spaces into dense urban environments. “Typically, 40 percent of the land area in a city is rooftops,” according to Professor Patricia Culligan.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ As the principal investigator for the Columbia Green Roof Consortium, Culligan compares and evaluates the effectiveness of different green roof technologies for use on campus and city buildings. The Consortium, which conducts research on one of New York City’s largest networks of green roof research stations, has been active in engaging high school students, undergraduates, and graduate research assistants in its monitoring efforts.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Image @kylemparsons ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ #sustainability #green #greenroof #USPS #sensor #civilengineering #rain #infrastructure #urban #runoff

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