Tuesday, August 14, 2007

It's Not Easy Being Green

Today's Post-Dispatch features an article on the new St. Louis office of the William A. Kerr Foundation in a renovated bathhouse just north of downtown. With the help of environmental consultants Vertegy (www.vertegyconsultants.com), this $2 million project is the first building in the city of St. Louis to be platinum-certified (the highest level of certification) by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design of the U.S. Green Building Council (LEED). Upcoming downtown projects that will strive to achieve LEED certification include the SkyHouse on Washington Avenue and the Roberts Tower in Old Post Office Square.

The article got me thinking about Chicago's "green" city hall and how it could serve as a model for St. Louis. In 2001, at a cost of $1.5 million, a green roof was installed at Chicago City Hall to help combat the effects of that city's urban "heat island effect" and reduce energy costs while helping inspire developers and property owners to adopt environmentally sound building practices.

Perhaps the Gateway Foundation or the Danforth Foundation could step up to help fund a similar installation on the roof of St. Louis City Hall. Maybe St. Louis Metalworks would be willing to donate its exclusive Green Roof Blocks (www.greenroofblocks.com) to make it happen...

Chicago City Hall's Green Roof

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