One Cool Thing: The Green Roof at LEEDS certified Nationals Park

Nationals Park has been getting lots of attention since the Washington Nationals won the National League pennant and are playing in the World Series.  The stadium was the first green-built ballpark in the United States and it received a Silver LEED certification.  It has many sustainable design features including high-efficiency lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and an intricate groundwater and stormwater filtration system. It sits adjacent to the Anacostia River and in order to minimize impacts, it treats its gray water and runoff before releasing them into sanitary and stormwater systems.  It also has a green roof over a large concession area that absorbs rainwater and reduces runoff to the River.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation covered the cost of the plantings.  Way to go, Nats!

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