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Credit: Photo: Weston Solutions Inc.

The modular green roof on the U.S. EPA's new facility in Denver allows sections to be installed or quickly removed if repair crews need easy access.

The Mile-High City is getting greener. Mayor John Hickenlooper recently announced the launch of the city's Green-Print initiative, a plan to convert city vehicles to hybrids, reduce energy use in all city facilities, and build solar and methane power plants later this year.

A long those lines, the U.S. EPA's new 232,000-square-foot facility in Denver was built with the goal of earning a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. The structure includes a green roof, which will help meet the city's strict stormwater guidelines by reducing runoff and reduce energy consumption, giving the city as many as seven LEED points. The modular system (using GreenGrid modules from Chicago-based Weston Solutions Inc.) includes low-growing vegetation in 4 to 5 inches of growth media.

Other components of the building include environmentally friendly building material, and photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines to generate electricity. For more information, visit www.greenprintdenver.com.