This past summer, the Vanderbilt Green Fund organized the installation of a green roof on the third floor of Rand. The rooftop addition provides campus sustainability benefits such as heat insulation during the winter, building protection from UV rays and improved stormwater management. Vanderbilt News reported a full list of the green roof’s environmental perks.
Vanderbilt is already home to four other campus green roofs, some in places that students may least expect. Hidden green roofs include the Kissam Courtyard, the Medical Center Plaza and the Nursing Green Space by the Pedestrian Bridge. These foliage-filled spaces resemble traditional lawns and flower beds, but actually elevate above metro street levels, qualifying them as green roofs. The Engineering & Science Building also houses vegetation on its rooftop.
The Rand roof, however, is inaccessible to students for safety reasons. The balcony contains no precautionary safety railing and was built mainly to brighten the visual of one of campus’ most frequented buildings. The installation is visible from the outside.