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Dustin Brackney of Apex Green Roofs shows sedum cuttings that are being planted on the new green roof on the new Sloan building, E62. Sedum, also known as stonecrop, is a large genus of popular garden plants.
The 7,000 square feet of green roof being installed by Apex Green Roofs will contribute points to the building’s LEED certification. In addition to the certification, the roof provides long-term cost savings to MIT by extending the life of the waterproof membrane covering the roof from an average of 20 years to 60–70 years. Many cities are encouraging the use of vegetation-covered roofs because they also reduce stormwater runoff by 65 percent and act as a buffer to delay stormwater from reaching drains.
“Green” roofs are so called because they are covered with vegetation. On E62, the roof is covered with 3.5 inches of a light-weight soil media planted with sedum cuttings.
The work on the roof began last Thursday and will continue through this weekend. The cuttings will put down roots in about a week and a half, and the roof will not be fully grown for another year.
Green roofs do require some maintenance, and workers from Apex Green Roofs will revisit MIT approximately three times per year to check for leaks and ensure that the plants continue to grow.
April 30, 2010
MIT filed an amicus curiae, or friend-of-the court, brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, urging it to review Stanford v. Roche, a case about patent ownership whose outcome could influence claims to billions of dollars generated by federally funded, university-held patents.
April 30, 2010
The Department of Residential Life is investigating a Campus Preview Weekend incident during which a prospective freshman was found intoxicated and unconscious outside McCormick, according to Bexley housemaster Robert M. Randolph. “[It]appears she may have gotten the alcohol … in Bexley,” Randolph wrote in an e-mail to the bexley-residents mailing list.
April 30, 2010
Karen Nilsson, the senior associate dean for Residential Life, will retire early and leave her position on June 30.
April 30, 2010
MIT Professor of Physics Michael S. Feld, who made fundamental contributions in the field of laser science and later applied physics to solving biomedical problems, died on April 10, after an eight-year struggle with multiple myeloma. Feld, who directed the MIT George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory since 1976, was 69.

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