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Green Guide for Melbourne

The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne project is investigating the potential to transform Melbourne's roofs, walls and facades into vegetated, leafy habitats.

The project is set up to create a guide for the construction of green roofs and walls to educate, inform and encourage green building development in Melbourne.

Recommendations will be developed on integrating rooftop and vertical greening into regulatory schemes and identify prime sites for future development of green roofs, walls and facades in the inner Melbourne region.

The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne is a joint initiative of the University of Melbourne and the Inner Melbourne Action Plan (IMAP) with the cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Stonnington and Port Phillip. The project is primarily funded through the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund under the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.

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Green Roofs Programme Rotterdam

Rotterdam tries to promote the construction of green roofs in several ways. With a subsidy scheme, for example, which will provide a financial incentive to have a green roof constructed. Where possible, green roofs will be built on top of municipal property. Building green roofs on top of third-party property, such as housing associations and businesses, will also be stimulated.


This has resulted in the construction of green roofs on top of the Municipal Archives building, the Central Library, the head office of Unilever Nederland, the Maasstad Hospital, the Sophia Children's Hospital and the museum Villa Zebra. In total, Rotterdam now has over 110.000 m2 of green roof, which is expected to be 160,000 m2 by the end of 2014. 

Since July 2008, the municipality of Rotterdam has had a subsidy scheme for green roofs. This scheme falls under the responsibility of the Rotterdam climate adaptation programme Rotterdam Climate Proof. People who want to construct a green roof can ask the municipality of Rotterdam for a subsidy of up to € 30.00/m2: € 25.00 will be provided by the City of Rotterdam and € 5.00 by the water boards. Citizens who live west of De Schie - part of the catchment area of the Delfland Water Board - will receive € 25.00 per m2: Due to budget cuts, the water board has cancelled the subsidy for disconnecting rainwater pipes.

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Preparing for the consequences of climate change

Main publications

Magazine "Resilient Cities and Climate Adaptation Strategies" CDC book volume 3 Available now. Download free of charge.

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