20 Oct '11, 5pm

FedEx Opens Enormous Green Roof at Chicago O'Hare Airport

FedEx Opens Enormous Green Roof at Chicago O'Hare Airport

The FedEx Express cargo facility at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is now topped by a huge green roof - 175,000 square feet - the size of three football fields. The roof is plainly visible from planes as they land at one of the world's busiest airports. The only airport that has a bigger one is in Frankfort, Germany. Although it's the largest by far, there are 12 other green roofs at O'Hare and Midway airports. Airports mostly consist of large areas of impermeable concrete surfaces - green roofs cool the urban heat island effect and help with stormwater management. They also reduce airport noise, reduce air pollution, and lower energy costs by 35% a year. "Green roofs act like a sponge for heat, light and water and they conserve energy by maintaining a constant temperature inside the building. They also help to collect storm water," explains FedEx Deputy Commission...

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