25 Mar '12, 11am

Green Growth Sprouting Up All Around Greece

Green Growth Sprouting Up All Around Greece

© Andrew Clements/Oikosteges . The green roof on the Treasury building in Athens helps the government save money on heating and cooling costs. The Greek economy may be ailing, but not every kind of growth is stagnant in the Mediterranean country: Green roofs are popping up all over, beautifying buildings and helping both government offices and private citizens save much-needed cash. Though not all of its decisions have been so prudent, the Greek Ministry of Finance smartly kicked off the recent trend in 2008, by installing an oikostegi (Greek for "green roof") on top of the Treasury building in Athens. According to a story on Mother Nature Network: A 2009 study by the Metsovio National Technical University revealed that air-conditioning costs for the building had been reduced as much as 50 percent in the floor directly below the rooftop, and as much as 9 percent throughout...

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