The “Green Cities, Green Infrastructure” conference in Budapest April 3rd brought together British, Hungarian and Austrian experts in green roofing and other urban greening strategies. Gary Grant, director of the Green Roof Consultancy, argued that there could be a 10% reduction in air conditioning costs if London’s roofs were ‘greened.’  Dusty Gedge, the president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations argued for a more biological approach: 

“What matters is the ecological function of the area. The point is not to create tidy green grass islands in the city, but ones that contribute to urban life: we must make resilient landscapes that hold water and can accommodate indigenous vegetation.”

The conference builds on the heels of recent pro-greening strategies passed by British and European lawmakers. Find out more here.

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Green Wall on London building, 2009, (A. Loder)

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