Building Green Places. Careers in Planning, Designing, and by Ruth Owen

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This is because buildings and their rooftops, which are made from concrete and asphalt, absorb sunlight and then release it as heat. Using plants on roofs instead of dark, heat-absorbing materials will actually lower the temperatures in cities. Eco-roofs are becoming more and more popular around the world, and some cities are considering making it the law to install green roofs on new buildings. In Germany, over ten percent of roofs are now covered with plants. Some people learn their skills at a trade school or through college courses.

Without bees we wouldn’t be able to eat an apple or drink a cup of coffee! Bushes and trees give birds a place to roost and build nests. Like insects, birds help pollinate plants. When they eat insects, they also help keep the natural balance of wildlife just right in a habitat. We can encourage birds to come into our gardens by building nest boxes and hanging up bird feeders. This honeybee (left) is covered by pollen from apple blossom flowers. A garden water feature—whether it’s as big as a pond or as small as a tiny ornamental fountain—gives birds a place to drink and bathe (center), and it can quickly become a habitat for insects, frogs, and newts.

A red cardinal (right) enjoys a meal of seeds from a garden feeder. 43 PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VEGETABLE GARDEN When Kitchen Gardeners International launched “Eat the View” in 2008, the campaign’s number one target was the White House. As President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign gained momentum, so did the “Eat the View” campaign to have a vegetable garden planted on the president’s lawn. The campaign was even one of the nine winners of the “On Day One” contest—a competition to identify nine projects (nine for 2009) to be presented to the new administration on its first day in office.

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