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Roof goes green: University's first green roof takes root at Colburn Laboratory

Roof goes green:  University's first green roof takes root at Colburn Laboratory

The University of Delaware’s first green roof, partially installed on Colburn Laboratory two weeks ago, came about because Annette Shine and her students were too hot to concentrate. Shine, an associate professor of chemical engineering, used to teach in Room 102, in an older section of Colburn with an HVAC system that’s switched between heat and air conditioning twice a year. Invariably, there were unseasonably warm days in fall and early spring when Shine and her students sweltered. It made it hard to focus on chemical engineering problems on the blackboard but one day it got Shine and her teaching assistant, Kathy Phillips, thinking about a different kind of engineering problem – would it be possible to put a green roof over their heads?