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Green Roofs

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    An oasis in the city! This rooftop garden at Park Lafayette in Milwaukee is a welcome retreat for residents.

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    Green and gold! This green roof glows when the sedum is in bloom.

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    This roof top garden in downtown Milwaukee overlooks the city's famous "fish wall" on the river.

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    Lined planters are filled with bright annuals in the rooftop garden overlooking Lake Michigan.

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    This park like green space is part of the high-rise apartment complex overlooking Bayshore Town Center.

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    Modern homes are embracing sustainability, like this Wisconsin lake home with a green terrace.

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    Plants and solar panels bring energy to this sustainable roof at UW-Milwaukee.

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    This green roof in Madison is made of simple pre-planted trays of low-maintenance plants arranged around paths and larger planters.

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    Trays of sedum are started in a nursery and sold ready to install on new green roofs.

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    A balcony garden includes paved areas and panels of plants.

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    A private rooftop garden in downtown Milwaukee provides a safe and private place to escape.

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    Large plants for a live roof must be lifted by crane.

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    David J. Frank crews work on the green roof at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

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    Special liners are installed first on a green roof to prevent water from damaging the building below.

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    Weight restriction mean that all construction materials must be moved carefully.

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    The green roof at the Milwaukee Public Library provides great views of the city.

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    A special lightweight soil mix is the foundation for a healthy green roof.

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    This roof top garden at Park Lafayette includes paths and large planters around a central courtyard.

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    Taking the garden party to the next level! A rooftop garden turns previously unused space into a great gathering area.

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    Designing a green roof means working around elements like essential HVAC components.

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    Movable trays allow green space to be rearranged as needs and seasons change.

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    Even a small roof can have big impact as an environmentally friendly garden.

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    Plants used in green roofs are easy to care for and usually require little water besides occasional rain.

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    Faux stone pavers form a lightweight path in this rooftop garden.

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    Planters provide more space for plants and also help keep people off the newly planted sedum.

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    Once a hot, empty flat space, this roof is now a place to relax and grow.

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    The sky's the limit ... sort of! This garden courtyard is actually a green roof at Bayshore apartments in Glendale.

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    A multi-level roof is now home to this balcony garden.

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    A green roof is lined with planters to buffer the sounds of the city below.

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    These raised beds and custom pergolas are part of an elaborate green roof at Milwaukee's Landmark on the Lake condominiums.

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    Really green! In addition to the living roof top, solar panels make this building extra eco-friendly.

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