Fernow Green Roof and Rain Garden

Sustainable Landscapes Trail

Fernow Green Roof and Rain Garden

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens


In 2011, a rain garden and green roof were installed adjacent and on top of the new classroom that was built on the east side of Fernow. Rain gardens help to divert storm water from paved areas and roofs and channel it into the ground using a well-draining soil, which reduces the amount of polluted water flowing directly to streams and lakes. Likewise, an extensive green roof consists of a shallow layer of light-weight soil and plants that also trap precipitation and prevent it from going into storm drains.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Sustainable Landscapes Trail


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