Greening of Lancaster, PA, goes through the roof

The City of Lancaster is featured in the latest edition of the Chesapeake Bay Journal.  To read the entire article click here.

From the rooftop of the Tellus 360 shop in Downtown Lancaster, Charlotte Katzenmoyer can see the Victorian shops and homes that have long made the city a tourist stop on the way to Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

But the most interesting part of the view is what’s below her feet. Katzenmoyer, the city’s public works director, is standing on a mix of sprouting green plants, compost and stone – a 9,000-square-foot green roof. And as large as it is, the roof over the furniture and clothing shop on King Street is not even the city’s largest. That honor belongs to the National Novelty Brush Co., a company founded more than 50 years ago.

Since the city began implementing its green infrastructure plan in 2011, it has helped build nine green roofs. Katzenmoyer has overseen the repaving of one alley with porous pavement – a project she says will capture an additional 200,000 to 300,000 gallons of stormwater that would otherwise be headed for the Conestoga River.

To read the entire article by Rona Kobell in the Chesapeake Bay Journal click here.