Green Roofs


Green roof at Rhode Island Row – 2300 Washington Place, NE  WDC.

Green roofs play an essential role in protecting, preserving and restoring our watershed. Covered with soil media and plants, green roofs provide tremendous benefits for our communities, neighborhoods and individual property owners. Every municipality in the watershed is encouraging green roofs and AWS is here to help you learn more and get them installed. 

Green Roofs Benefits

  • Improved stormwater management for buildings – through retention and purification
  • Reductions to the heat island effect
  • Increased health - for people, plants and animals
  • Energy conservation and noise reduction year-round
  • Reduced demand on the municipal sewer systems and potential reductions in fees
  • Extension of roof life
  • Reductions in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions


Green Roof at 130 M St. NE

Green Roof Tools

Case Studies

Click here (PDF) to learn about our 2009-2011 green roof projects with the World Wildlife Fund, American Chemical Society, Capitol Plaza One and American University.

Click here (PDF) to see a variety of roofs funded in 2011-2012. Projects include Sibley Memorial Hospital and a variety of residential and commercial green roofs throughout the District.

Click here (PDF) to see information on five of the most recent green roofs we’ve helped fund in 2012-2013. Projects include Rhode Island Row, Catholic University’s Aquinas Hall, a residential green roof, the French Embassy and Canal Park.

Apply Now for the District of Columbia's 2013-2014 Green Roof Rebate Program

 

The 2013-14 Green Roof Rebate Program offers projects located within the District of Columbia $7 to $15 per square foot based on location and type of building. To qualify, the green roof must be located within the District of Columbia and retain at least one inch of stormwater. Green roof rebates are available for both existing buildings and new construction. New construction projects, and major renovations over 5,000 square feet, must first meet the stormwater permitting requirements. Any green roof area that exceeds the stormwater permitting requirement can be eligible for the rebate. Also available is a Structural Engineering Rebate of up to $250 for existing buildings smaller than 2,500 square feet.

Residential Properties in the Bloomingdale Subwatershed (shown in green)—beginning April 15, 2014, residential properties smaller than 2,500 square feet may qualify to receive up to $15 per square foot! This rebate is based on the area of new green roof installed.

 

Interactive Targeted Subwatershed Map


View 2013-2014 District Green Roof Rebate Program - Targeted Sub-waterhsheds Map in a larger map

We will send an Application Form once we receive and approve your completed registration form. Projects will be placed in the rebate funding queue only after AWS receives a completed Application Form with all supporting documents.

Step 1: Review program details and process
 Green Roof Rebate Program Flyer – Overview of the program and Green Roof Benefits.

Application and Rebate Process- Download this for more detailed information about our program.

 Explanation of the Increased Rebate with the Eligible Subwatersheds- Download this for more detailed information about the rebate increase.

Structural Engineering Rebate for Buildings under 2,500 sq. ft. – Includes a description of rebate. A list of potential engineers can be found on the Green Roof Contractors pdf below. 

 Green Roof Contractors – Download this for a preliminary list of contractors in the DC area. You can use any licensed contractor you want – whether they are on this list or not. 

Step 2: Fill out and submit registration form
Registration Form – Download and complete this form to begin the application process (or submit online). We’ll send you an application once you send this in.

Step 3: Recieve application form from us and send back completed
Application – Once your registration form is sent in to AWS and approved, the second step in the rebate process is to complete this form. 

Step 4: Apply for a Discount on your Stormwater Fee

DDOE RiverSmart Rewards and Clean Rivers IAC Incentive Programs

Additional information about the District Department of the Environment’s (DDOE’s) Green Roof Rebate Program is available at DDOE’s Green Roof Website.

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Green Roof on Residential Garage in SE DC

The District of Columbia’s 2013-2014 Green Roof Program is administered by the Anacostia Watershed Society for DDOE with funds from the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009 (“DC Bag Law”) and the Stormwater Enterprise Fund.

Montgomery County

Property owners in Montgomery County can receive technical assistance and funding for Green Roofs and other Landscape Improvements through the Rainscapes Program. AWS is also available to help. Learn More

Prince George’s County

Prince George's County Council unanimously passed bill (CB-45-13) that established a Clean Water Act Fee in 2013 to fund projects that reduce polluted water run-off.  
Stormwater is one of the county's biggest challenges as it causes flooding, property damage and polluted streams. For more information about support for Green Roofs and other LID practices through their RainCheck Program, click here.

If you have questions please contact us by calling 301-699-6204 ext.114 or via e-mail at greenroofs@anacostiaws.org.

 

 

Volunteer

 

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that will engage your hands, your head, and your heart in the protection and restoration of our local lands and water.

Upcoming Events

2014 Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration
April 5th

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