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How Green Rooftops May Solve The Stormwater Crisis In Hoboken

By Nicole Caldwell

Thirty-eight green roof setups have been installed on a new campus building in New Jersey to determine the best method of bioretention for stormwater runoff. Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken will spend this fall studying 19 duplicated rooftop setups (38 in all) and analyzing data to figure out what works best for filtering pollutants and retaining water in a city plagued by the negative effects of stormwater runoff.

Bioretention is a huge issue for cities where soil and trees have been replaced with pavement.

Elizabeth Fassman-Beck works as an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she teaches engineering hydrology and stormwater management. Fassman-Beck also happens to be an expert on green roofs; check out her book on living roofs here. The Living Laboratory research site is Fassman-Beck’s latest project, located on the new North building.