High atop the University of Vermont a garden is taking root.
"This is something we have been planning for 10 years," said Gary Hawley of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.
This week students and faculty are putting the finishing touches on a new green roof on the university's Aiken building.
"I just think it is a really great learning experience," said Allison Maynard, a student.
The 7,000-square-foot space will allow folks to study new ways to process rainwater.
"We'll be hopefully extracting some pollutants that are commonly running off of roofs into streets and sewer systems that eventually hit the water systems that we drink and also run into other people's gardens and fields," said Alan McCarthy, a student.
In total, 850 plant beds with differing combinations of soil and greenery will take on the challenge.
"They're going to monitor how much water is going through. So the less water there is, the more the plants are absorbing," Maynard said.
Hawley is leading the rooftop effort and says it will go a long way to reinforce concepts he's teaching in the classroom.
"It's fun to see a green roof on paper," Hawley said. "But it's really a blast to help put it in, help install it and then over the next few years they'll help learn from the research as a teaching tool."
A tool students say will serve them well after graduation.
"I basically just want to do building design and maybe green roof installation and just making building more sustainable," Maynard said.
The new roof will also allow students to test which combinations of plants will do the best job insulating the building and others like it in urban centers.
"It's great to see the students getting together to work on something like this," Maynard said.
The garden cost roughly $80,000 to build and was paid for with a variety of grants.
In addition to working in the garden, students will be able to monitor the rooftop progress with a computer system tied into their classrooms.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:14:46 GMT
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street in Burlington Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly 300 dollars from him. Police arrested 29-year-olds Andre Martel and Anthony HammondMore >>
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly $300 from him.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:01:29 GMT
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison. Police say Christopher Bush topped speeds of 100-miles-per-hour in a stolen SUV. The 27 year old pleadedMore >>
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-03-11 13:32:49 GMT
Police say an 11-year-old girl was walking from the Post Office near Chelsea Street Monday afternoon when an older man started following her. The suspect was in a dirty dark green pickup truck with unknownMore >>
Police say an 11-year-old girl was walking from the Post Office near Chelsea Street Monday afternoon when an older man started following her.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-03-11 13:33:32 GMT
Vermont State Police received two complaints about a man claiming to be an employee with the Bennington County Sheriff's Department. Authorities say the scammer told victims that they had missed juryMore >>
Vermont State Police received two complaints about a man claiming to be an employee with the Bennington County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-03-11 13:39:03 GMT
Burlington area bus drivers did not strike Monday but community members worry that the threat of one, is still very real. Many people spoke out Monday night at the Burlington city council, that they have majorMore >>
Burlington area bus drivers did not strike Monday, but community members worry the threat of a strike is still very real.More >>