In 2012, Eveline Bronsdijk, the city’s sustainability adviser, was trying to promote green roofs, thin layers of plants that make buildings cooler, the air cleaner and — most importantly for Rotterdam — gutters and storm drains drier.
Now Rotterdam has more than 100 acres of rooftop greenery. That’s enough to coat nearly every roof in New Orleans’ Central Business District with rain-absorbing vegetation. Rotterdam’s green roof initiative is one of a growing number of projects in Dutch cities that aim to capture and store rainwater while also making urban life more livable.
Don’t miss the excellent Keynote video “The Rotterdam Roofscape” by EVELINE BRONSDIJK, City of Rotterdam Sustainability Advisor now playing at our Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2019.