Hoboken, N.J., promotes green roofs by easing approval process

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The mayor is leading by example by using the City Hall roof as a showcase

October 26, 2015

Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Dawn Zimmer wants to encourage the installation of green roofs in her city. She is leading by example by using the roof of City Hall as a showcase, and making the approval process easier for building owners to install their own green roofs.

A main motivator for Hoboken’s drive for more vegetative roofs is to relieve pressure on the stormwater/sewer system. Zimmer wants to do more to capture runoff before it enters the sewers by encouraging commercial and residential owners to install rain gardens.

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