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Beacon Institute Green Roof


Green roof at the Beacon Institute

This green roof in an example of green infrastructure in an institutional setting. Renovations called for adding a new 1000' annex to the existing historic brick building. This was an opportunity to create a green roof, mitigating runoff by absorbing rainwater, providing insulation to the building, helping to lower urban air temperatures by combating heat island effect, and creating a habitat for wildlife.

Site Location

  • Site Address: Denning's Point, part of Hudson Highlands State Park; Beacon, NY
  • Town: Beacon
  • County: Dutchess
  • Owner: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, in partnership with NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation
  • Location on site: Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE)
  • Land Use on site: Public Environmental Educational Center
  • Can this site be visited? The park is open daily, dawn to dusk. CEIE is a ½ mile walk from the parking area. Viewing the green roof requires a staff escort, available by appointment.

Practice Information Details

  • Year of installation: 2008
  • Stormwater Management Capacity: Not determined
  • Intent of design: To protect the water quality of the nearby Hudson River by mitigating roof runoff, to mitigate heat-island effect, and to demonstrate this sustainable methodology.
  • Plant Material Used: A variety of attractive, low-maintenance, and drought-resistant sedums.

Design Construction and Maintenance Information

  • Designed by: WRT Landscape Architects
  • Maintained by: Beacon Institute and volunteers
  • Costs to design: Undisclosed
  • Annual Operational & Maintenance required: Undisclosed
  • Annual Operational & Maintenance Costs: Undisclosed

Contact for Additional Site Information

Web Site: Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries (see Links Leaving DEC's Website)
Phone: (845) 838-1600