Capstone Project – Angela: Edible Rooftop, Ithaca
As a lifelong member of the Ithaca community, I have decided to participate in the sustainable development of our recently remodeled commons area. My contribution is that of an Intensive vegetative green roof design of the Center Ithaca building located in the heart of downtown. Center Ithaca has seen a lot of change in its time and is most recognized for the size and beauty of its Atrium. The plan is to create a proposal that is attractive to the building owner as well as the businesses and residents that occupy the space, by designing a garden that begins on the roof and ends in hanging baskets for people to enjoy inside the building and out, by providing aesthetic beauty, access to fresh foods, and insulation through the winter months.
The most important component of this project was to find a way of installing a green roof as least expensively as possible. Cost is the hurdle that deters those who would have been participants in this movement from doing so. With careful planning and consideration of materials, weight, and accessibility, the lowest price can still be much higher than any. Individual might be able to economically justify, as I learned in this project. However, through donations, grants, and a CSA modeled system, one can find a more reasonable way of managing these finances.