Albemarle County has received a $23,450 grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program to fund the installation of a green roof on the county office building. (The structure need to be re-roofed, anyhow.) Rather than using traditional roofing materials, the new roof will essentially be a lawn on top of the standard rooftop. Green roofs have become popular for environmentally-friendly construction, because they keep the structures cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and handle runoff that would otherwise have to be dealt with through channelling. It won’t be whole roof, just 20%. Replacement will be done next summer. Liesel Nowak has the story in today’s Progress.