A couple weeks ago a bunch of bloggers got a behind the scenes tour of the Cincinnati Museum Center and one of the stops was the green roof on the southern part of the building that is not open to the public. This living roof is pretty cool and accomplishes a couple things. The plants reflect heat keeping the roof cooler avoiding heat gain in the building easing the load on AC and the electric bill. The second thing it does is absorb rain water easing the strain on the cities over taxed sewer system. I would propose it accomplishes a third thing, education. The public learns a little about being green and the roof is an ongoing classroom for the museum center as they learn what plants thrive which don't and how much care they require. Important knowledge that can be passed onto other businesses or institutions that would consider a green roof.
If this post or my last one showing some of the building's water damage has inspired you to help the Cincinnati Museum Center in their ongoing effort to repair and restore the building to its former glory, there is one easy way you can help: A Cincinnati Museum Center Member Pass.
This is a great deal for everyone, families with and without kids. It includes free parking, plus free admission to all three of the museums at any time and Members get discounts on special exhibits (like A Day in Pompeii), OMNIMAX films and other special events. They’re running a deal right now in conjunction with their 100 Days of Fun, you can get a 14-month Member Pass for the price of a 12-month Member Pass, so it’ll take you through this summer and next.
Visit cincymuseum.org for more details.