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We are preparing for our Green Awards Ceremony tonight, and wanted to blog  on some green news to get us ready.


This Article from the Baltimore Sun by Tim Wheeler highlights Green Roofs, which we are seeing more and more in Homes to conserve energy.

Green roofs are sprouting all over these days, mainly to prevent storm-water pollution and reduce energy costs. But a rooftop garden installed recently atop the historic American Ice Company building in northwest Baltimore had an additional purpose - to give honey bees a home.

Volunteers covered the roof of the 105-year-old former icehouse with a dense array of perennials and shrubs that bees like, including sedum, crocus bulbs, caryopteris, aster, goldenrod and boltonia.  The mix of vegetation should ensure something will be flowering for the bees to pollinate from February through November.

"Urban sprawl is one of the greatest threats to our natural ecosystems," according to architect Diane Odell, who helped design the bee haven.  "By planting these kinds of habitats on city roofs or in backyards we can all help."

The rooftop bee habitat was installed on the warehouse of Rooftop Conservation Technology, which sells materials for energy, water and environmental conservation projects, including green roofs.  It was put together by Green Roof Service LLC and Architecture & Design Inc. (ADI) The beehive was donated by Maryland's state beekeeper, Oliver Snyder III. 

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