Edmonton Ecoroof and Climate Change Resiliency Initiative
Green roofs, or ecoroofs, have a number of benefits including stormwater management, biodiversity and habitat contributions, reduction of urban heat island effect, reduced carbon footprint, energy savings, urban agricultural opportunities, and air quality mitigation - to name a few. Many of these ecoroof benefits could potentially contribute to climate change resiliency and other public benefits but are not widely used in Alberta.
In collaboration with the City of Edmonton, the Miistakis Institute will: analyze the impacts ecoroofs have on air quality, water quality and quantity, biodiversity, energy savings, wildlife habitat, the urban heat island effect, quality of life and economy in the context of climate resiliency. Successful incentive and policy programs in other jurisdictions will be evaluated, and these findings will be applied to Edmonton's context in order to promote the installation of ecoroofs – should they prove beneficial.