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Milwaukee library going green with new roof

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The top of the Milwaukee Central Library is springing to life after a recent project to build a green roof across the 30,000-square-foot structure.

Business operations manager Taj Schoening tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the roof will collect and store thousands of gallons of rainwater instead of draining to the city’s sewers.

In heavy downpours, Milwaukee’s sewer and deep tunnel system can backup and cause problems.

Schoening said another benefit is the green roof made up of the ground-covering plants and grasses will last nearly twice as long as a regular roof.

The city’s sewerage district gave a $250,000 grant to help the project. The city contributed $950,000 and $100,000 more for solar energy panels.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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