An update today about De Pere "going green" on the City Hall rooftop.
We were there last fall when crews began covering the flat roof with eight inches of soil and plants known as sedum.
That 8,000 square feet of space looks totally different today.
"Really happy with how the green roof turned out here on top of City Hall, it's been going well, we haven't had any problems with it and we're hoping that as years go one it continues to get a little bit more full and provide a little bit more value to the city," says Marty Kosobucki, De Pere Parks, Rec & Forestry Director.
At a cost of $250,000, the city expects the roof to pay for itself within 20 years, by reducing heating and cooling costs throughout the year, and extending the life of the roof itself.
"The average roof is going to last us somewhere around 20 years before either we have to replace or do major renovations with it and when we looked at the green roofs the studies and the knowledge and the technology that's out there indicates that green roofs can last as much as 50-plus years," says Kosobucki.