Columbia St. Mary's Receives Award for its Green Roof

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee, part of Ascension, was recently awarded the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) Green Luminary Award. The hospital was honored for its half-acre green roof that absorbs rain while protecting the roof. Green Luminaries are recognized by MMSD for leadership in promoting and installing green infrastructure to capture, cleanse and reduce storm water runoff and the resulting pollution.

“The green roof, known as a ‘live roof system,’ positively impacts the environment, and also our associate and patient experience, by bringing the beautiful outside in and providing a calming effect for everyone here,” said Kelly Elkins, President, Columbia St. Mary’s.

The green roof was built in 2011 with the help of an MMSD grant. The roof helps protect our rivers and Lake Michigan by capturing rainwater and keeping it out of the regional sewer system. It also provides other environmental benefits including lower energy costs, reducing urban “heat island” effect, and extending roof life.

To learn more about the green roof, watch the following video.

 

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