A plant sector with double-digit growth in 2012

May 02, 2013
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May 2, 2013, Toronto — What plant industry sector enjoyed very healthy double-digit growth last year?

Green roofs.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) says there was a 24 per cent growth rate in installed green roofs in 2012. This was one of the findings in its annual green roof industry survey.

“On the heels of a huge 115 per cent growth rate in 2011, the green roof industry still grew by 24 per cent in 2012,” said GRHC founder and president Steven W. Peck.

“Green roofs are being embraced around North America, by policy makers, designers, building owners and developers because they deliver multiple proven public and private benefits.”

In 2012, the Washington DC Metropolitan Region installed the most green roofs in North America with 1,326,872 square feet. The region has adopted a number of public policies that support green roof investment.

“The District is proud to lead the nation in installation of green roofs,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “Green infrastructure is an investment that is showing real benefits in the District and green roofs play a major part in turning the vision of a Sustainable DC into reality. Green roofs support green jobs, reduce and reuse stormwater, and create beautiful amenities that improve the quality of life and health of our residents.”


Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) is a membership-based industry association whose mission is to develop the green roof and wall industry in North America.

Click here for a copy of the Annual Green Roof Industry Survey for 2012,.

GRHC is hosting two conferences in 2013:

Grey to Green: a Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure in Toronto from May 21 to 22.

CitiesAlive: 11th annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in San Francisco, Oct. 23 – 26.

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