UGA Green Roof Project

PhD student Tim Carter established a vegetated roof research site on the Science Library-Boyd Hall Graduate Studies building on the campus of the University of Georgia. The roof was installed September 30 – October 1, 2003 with assistance from the Office of the University Architect and UGA Physical Plant, as well as faculty, staff and students of the Institute of Ecology.

It was planted in various Sedum species that are drought-tolerant and can thrive in the harsh conditions of a rooftop. A lightweight, engineered growing medium enables roofs to be retrofitted with this vegetative cover. The roof continues to be studied for its ability to retain stormwater as part of a larger urban watershed remediation project.

For more information about this project, please contact Tim Carter at

Vegetated Roofs for Urban Ecosystem Remediation: Performance and Policy in the Tanyard Branch Watershed, 2006, Tim Carter, PhD Dissertation.


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