THE SINGLE MOST ELOQUENT STATEMENT ON WHAT HAPPENED IN NORTH CAROLINA YESTERDAY.
Ann Romney has never worked harder at anything than trying to convince people she worked hard.
Toronto becomes first city to mandate green roofs
Toronto is the first city in North America with a bylaw that requires roofs to be green. And we’re not talking about paint. A green roof, also known as a living roof, uses various hardy plants to create a barrier between the sun’s rays and the tiles or shingles of the roof. The plants love the sun, and the building (and its inhabitants) enjoy more comfortable indoor temperatures as a result.
Toronto’s new legislation will require all residential, commercial and institutional buildings over 2,000 square meters to have between 20 and 60 percent living roofs. Although it’s been in place since early 2010, the bylaw will apply to new industrial development as of April 30, 2012. While this is the first city-wide mandate involving green roofs, Toronto’s decision follow’s in the footsteps of other cities, like Chicago and New York.
Under the direction of Mayor Richard Daley the city of Chicago put a 38,800 square foot green roof on a 12 story skyscraper in 2000. Twelve years later, that building now saves $5000 annually on utility bills, and Chicago boasts 7 million square feet of green roof space. New York has followed suit, and since planting a green roof on the Con Edison Learning Centre in Queens, the buildings managers have seen a 34 percent reduction of heat loss in winter, and reduced summer heat gain by 84 percent.
But lower utility bills aren’t the only benefit of planting a living roof. In addition to cooling down the city, green roofs create cleaner air, cleaner water, and provide a peaceful oasis for people, birds and insects in an otherwise polluted, concrete and asphalt-covered environment.
Brilliant. I won’t hold my breath until it happens in the U.S., though. I’m sure somebody would call this intrusive government or socialism or some damn fool thing.
Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1) With Bones
Equal is equal. We all share our rights. You want to deny my rights because you have an opinion? Are opinions laws all of a sudden?
When we give equal rights protection, there is always the reflexive outrage and predictions of gloom. Do they ever happen? Not really.
If your first thought is how does treating someone fairly hurt you, you better think about your life.