MU Student Develops Campus Green Roof

3 years 8 months 5 days ago May 12, 2013 May 12, 2013 Sunday, May 12 2013 Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:47:00 PM CDT in News
By: Gina Cook
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - A junior at the University of Missouri has developed a plan to install a green roof on a university dining hall.

Ben Kreitner, an environmental science major at MU, said he came up with the idea to install a student-run green roof when he lived in Hudson Hall his freshman year.

According to Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, green roof systems often involve installing prepared plants that are in interlocking grids for the purpose of creating a green space on top of human-made structures.

Kreitner said he wanted the project on the roof of Rollins Dining Hall because students on the higher floors of both Hudson and Gillett buildings would have a good view of the roof and it could inspire them to learn more about the environment.

"A green roof system is a lot more visible especially when it's overlooked by two residential halls, and that's something that should hopefully change the perspective and maybe even the lifestyle of some students," Kreitner said.

The green roof is expected to finish by October this year and Kreitner said interested MU students will maintain it as well as give tours of the roof.

Kreitner said it is not only important for student involvement and education, but can be used for research about stormwater management practices, energy efficiency and plant species.

Steve Burdic, sustainability coordinator for the MU Sustainability Office, helped Kreitner pitch his plans for the green roof to Campus Facilities. Burdic said the project is beneficial to the campus for many reasons.

"It adds to the beauty of the campus, but it also slows down the rainwater and it also has energy impacts on the building it keeps it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter so, it's a good thing all around," Burdic said.

Kreitner received a grant of more than $27,700 from the Student Fee Capital Improvement Committee for his green roof plan that will cover about one third of the Rollins Hall roof. He said the project can grow to include two other sections of the roof over time, pending more funding.

To ensure the roof is maintained throughout the year, Kreitner said students from Sustain Mizzou and Environmental Science Club are required to maintain the plants at least twice a month.

This is only the second green roof in Columbia. The University Hospital installed a similar system on the roof of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center back in December 2012.

For more materials that show Kreitner's grant proposal and drafts of the green roof click here.

More News

Grid
List
COOPER COUNTY - Just before 5 a.m. Monday morning, the Cooper County Fire Protection District responded to a structure fire... More >>
40 minutes ago January 16, 2017 Jan 16, 2017 Monday, January 16 2017 Monday, January 16, 2017 8:29:00 AM CST in Top Stories
CAMDEN COUNTY - Deputies took a suspect who stabbed three people Sunday into custody without incident. The suspect is awaiting... More >>
10 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 10:20:00 PM CST in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - The northbound lanes of Highway 63 near Hinton Road were closed after the engine compartment of a... More >>
11 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 9:49:07 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are hoping to expan d services to Missouri customers... More >>
13 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:50:00 PM CST in News
GRANBY (AP) — Anoth er Missouri school district is c onsidering whether to join 18 others that have adopted a... More >>
13 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:46:03 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Steven Hughes thought he found the perfect car for his family of five — until the title proving... More >>
16 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:59:00 PM CST in News
MARSHALL (AP) - Missouri authorities are searching for a suspected parole violator they say exchanged gunfire with a state trooper... More >>
16 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:27:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A break in at popular downtown restaurant Cafe Berlin forced the restaurant to close Sunday, according to a... More >>
18 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 2:19:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Mixed reactions came out of mid-Missouri Sunday as the weekend ice storm began to wind down. While... More >>
21 hours ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:07:00 PM CST in News
LAKE OZARK - After being stuck indoors waiting for this ice storm to end, some people might be getting a... More >>
1 day ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 Sunday, January 15, 2017 5:42:00 AM CST in News
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A man died at the hospital after a car crash on I-70 Saturday night, according to a... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 9:45:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Room at the Inn, Columbia's emergency winter shelter, will remain open through at least Sunday morning due to... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 8:11:17 PM CST in News
FREDERICKTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in southeastern Missouri's Madison County. ... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:22:00 PM CST in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) — Missouri authorities say one of 13 occupants of a van was killed when the vehicle crashed... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:29:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works sent home all but eight members of its street crew Saturday afternoon because of the... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:43:00 PM CST in News
PULASKI COUNTY - A man was arrested after pointing a rifle at deputies and possibly endangering a female and several... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:43:00 PM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwes tern Missouri man has been ordered to spend two decades in prison for sexually abusing... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 1:32:08 PM CST in News
---UPDATED SUNDAY MORNING (1/15/17)--- MID-MISSOURI - Our Live Doppler 8 First Alert Weather Team has been tracking this ice... More >>
1 day ago January 14, 2017 Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, January 14 2017 Saturday, January 14, 2017 12:02:00 PM CST in Weather
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 42°
10am 44°
11am 47°
12pm 49°
1pm 51°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Celebrity Apprentice
9:00p
Timeless
7:00p
Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld