Environmentally Friendly Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock Builds 'Green' Roof ANDREW DeMILLO
AP News Nov 18, 2007 21:38 EST Bill Clinton likes to brag about his presidential library being an eco-friendly building. Now even the roof is going green. Over the past two weeks, workers have been hoisting 90 species of plants and more than four truckloads of soil atop the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum to create a garden on an area surrounding Clinton's penthouse apartment.
Instead of bare concrete, the glass and steel building will be topped with strawberries, ferns, switch grass, roses and other greenery. "This is just an area he can come and relax in and just enjoy the view," Clinton Foundation Facilities and Operations Director Debbie Shock said in a recent interview on the roof. However, it's not just for looks. That layer of soil and plants will provide insulation and capture rainwater that otherwise would just be wasted as runoff. Clinton — who has used his nonprofit foundation to promote sustainable development and environmentally friendly building practices — would like to see green roofs used nationwide. He recently announced a program through his foundation aimed at helping homeowners and commercial building owners modernize their buildings to reduce energy use ...