The completed shelter!
A green roof bus shelter in East Liberty
Your average bus shelter has a bench, maybe some advertisements, and a roof. Pretty standard. But what if that roof had plants on it? Just such a bus shelter was installed on Penn Avenue at North Whitfield Street in the East Liberty neighborhood. The green roof will help reduce air and water pollution, create a protected habitat for biodiversity in the urban landscape and educate the community on green infrastructure practices.
"Most green roofs are only seen by a few people, but this bus shelter will be visible at street level to thousands of people every day," said Katherine Camp, Planning Coordinator at East Liberty Development, Inc (ELDI).
ELDI coordinated the project in conjunction with many partners. The green roof bus shelter was supported in part by the Spring Program, an initiative of The Sprout Fund in partnership with The Pittsburgh Foundation.
East Liberty has become a pilot site for green infrastructure within the City of Pittsburgh, and has also been recognized for many innovative green projects over the past five years.
"Through street trees, residential rain gardens, rain barrels and now green roofs, we continue to demonstrate, on a local level, the positive environmental and economic impact that green infrastructure can have on our communities," said Loralyn Fabian, Sustainable Design Coordinator at ELDI.
The green roof bus shelter is a step towards the goals outlined in the East Liberty Community Plan to revitalize the neighborhood’s commercial core through beautification and green infrastructure.