Key West’s GRASS Roof!

Where can you find Key West’s most environmentally conscious facility? Well here it is, welcome to the Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex.

When architects designed the complex they created a Green Building.  This means they made choices to  “recycle”  a neighboring building saving building materials and using it for a new purpose. Office furniture was re-purposed to fit in the new energy efficient building that is LEED Silver certified. Contributing to the ecosystem, the roof is planted with native species of grasses that provide habitat for insects and birds. The plants are watered by rain. Excess rain water is collected and stored for other uses in the building helping to conserve water.

In order to find Key West’s GRASS ROOF head over to the less traveled southwest part of the island called Truman Waterfront. Here you’ll find East Quay Road on the right hand side of the entrance to Zachery Taylor Civil War Fort on which the complex is located. To find the grass roof simply look up for the rooftop that needs to be mowed! 🙂


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