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Green roof on Century Center to be complete by 2016

Space where green roof will be built on Century Center Space where green roof will be built on Century Center

 Advocates of clean water in South Bend are still working on a project we first reported to you last summer. Greening the Bend is a non-profit group aiming to promote green spaces and human-friendly urban features that protect local water resources; especially the St. Joseph River.

The Green Roof Project at the Century Center has been in the works for about two years, but it's making headway. Greening the Bend Executive Director, Kathleen Petitjean, says a green roof reduces water run-off into our storm water system. It also releases cleaner air into the atmosphere.

"I think people are looking for ways to try to protect the environment and protect our river," says Petitjean.  

Petitjean says they have about one fourth of the money needed to start the project. She says the green roof will be a good start to making South Bend's water cleaner.

"We want to try to raise awareness again as water as a natural resource and how to protect our watershed using rain barrels, green roofs, permeable pavers, bio swales, rain gardens, to collect rain water rather than our storm water system," she says.

Not only will the roof prevent water run-off and put more oxygen in the air, it will also serve as a space for the public to host events. Eventually, the green space will have walkways and railings, so people can wander around the garden.

Scott Herczeg of the Century Center says the roof needs preparation for the green space, and it's long over due.

"Obviously the roof needed to be replaced anyway, it's reached the end of it's life span," says Herzceg.

The Century Center will be replacing the surface of the roof, and disposing of all the rocks to prepare for the garden. The green roof is scheduled to be complete by 2015, and the public walkways and railing should be finished by 2016. Petitjean stressed that all the money they use is given by private donors. If you want to donate to the cause there's a fundraiser called the Rain Barrel Ball on August 23rd. Donors can give by way of auction money, cash, or grant.
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