Beacon Institute Green Roof
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 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