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Green roof underway for CAC

By Logan King

UW-Fox’s Communications Arts Center (CAC) will soon receive an eco-friendly update to its roof.

Sedum will be planted on top of the building to provide insulation and help control inside temperature of the building. The drought-tolerant plants require little watering or maintenance.

“In the summer, since you’ve got the plants up there it helps keep [the CAC] cool and in the winter it helps keep things warm,” Teresa Weglarz, senior lecturer of biological sciences, said.

Funding for the project will come from the UW-Fox Valley Foundation and The Community Foundation of the Fox Valley, a local organization that supports environmental initiatives.

Adding the sedum will complete the building’s green roof, a feature that was part of the building’s original design.

The CAC was built in 2008, but funding ran out before plants could be purchased and installed on the specially constructed roof.

“There’s 60,000 square feet of green roof on the CAC and financially you’d have to have a lot of money to do that,” Weglarz said.

The building’s modern design followed standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000 to minimize environmental impact.

“The campus determined that it would try to build that building [according] to LEED standards,” assistant campus dean for administrative services Jim Eagon said.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards provide building owners with a framework for implementing practical and measurable green building solutions.

The CAC’s sedum-covered roof also will be used to educate.

“The hope is that we’ll be able to have small groups tour [the roof], campus classes or maybe some school groups that are looking at sustainability,” Weglarz said.

The project could be completed as early as May.

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