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Spruce Up! Using Green Roofs and Green Spaces to Beat the Heat

This page includes a recording, presentation slides, and transcript from EPA's July 11, 2019 webcast, "Spruce Up! Using Green Roofs and Green Spaces to Beat the Heat"

This 90-minute webcast shared how green roofs and other green spaces are being used to address urban heat across the country. The webinar highlighted the variety of benefits that such practices can bring, such as how green roofs improve air quality and public health in Kansas City. The event also featured a national green roof expert and delved into Denver's green building ordinance.

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