Each year, the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program presents the Stormwater Steward Award to an organization, business, individual, or community group that has gone above and beyond to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on our waters through a specific project, practice, or event. A list of past stormwater steward winners can be found here.
Congratulations to the 2021 Stormwater Steward Award Winner: The Green Roof System on top of Target in downtown Athens, designed by Smith Planning Group and grown by James Greenhouses
It’s not something most people are going to notice right away, but the Target in Downtown Athens features a Green Roof System designed by Smith Planning Group. Grown and installed by James Greenhouses and Horizon Roofscapes, the system features a 4.5 inch growing system, covering most of the roof (as shown above). The colorful and lush vegetated landscape is designed to capture and treat rainwater, even incorporating a hidden irrigation system. Beyond that, it reduces rooftop temperatures and the urban heat island effect, improves air quality, and enhances the view for anyone with a tall enough vantage point. This design is proof that innovative and attractive green infrastructure practices can fit in anywhere - even in urban environments with very little space.