Rooftop gardening is on the cutting edge of urban farming & food production around New York area. The beauty of green roof can attract the public interests, and comfort your guests of eyes and minds.
Studies suggest that the access to, or simply views of areas of the roof can improve property values, and increase worker productivity and creativity, as well as being useful for health and horticultural therapy.
One of the important environmental benefits of green roof systems is to moderate the urban heat island effect. In other words, the green roof can lower the cost of air-conditioning for the buildings. Additionally, urban plantings have also been shown to improve urban air quality.
Green roof systems are also economically sound, lasting much longer than conventional roofs, since the green layer protects the roof membrane from temperature fluctuations, puncture, and UV damage. A case observed in London shows that after 50 years under a green roof planting, the roof membrane was still in excellent condition, far surpassing the 10 - 15 year life span of its contemporaries.
The rooftop gardening can definitely help the sustainability of urban systems, and reduce the environmental burden. The average American meal travels 1500 miles from field to table, using 10 times more energy than the caloric value of the food itself. This represents an incredible environmental cost in fossil fuel emissions, pollution associated with extraction, and loss and division of natural habitat by asphalt.