We’re thrilled to report on the patio renovation at Macy’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati. Conveniently located on the 8th floor right outside of the lunch room, our colleagues thought the urban rooftop space would make the perfect green project.
This green space now includes a 1000-sq.-ft. “Go Green” garden where our colleagues are able to plant vegetables and herbs that will literally go from farm to table and be used by our dining room chef. This unique and innovative space, designed by Green City Resources, includes plants that were strategically chosen as ideal material for butterflies and pollinators, as well as plants that adapt to seasonal progression.
Fun fact: Did you know that Ohio is on the Monarch migration route? And it turns out this green roof is now a registered Monarch Waystation, as well as a wildlife habitat.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims green roofs can be used to address a range of issues. In addition to insulating buildings and reducing the amount of storm water lost through runoff, having multiple green roofs can actually mitigate urban heat island effect, the phenomenon by which a metropolis becomes significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas due to heat-absorbing infrastructure, such as asphalt and concrete.
This roof is the first of its kind in downtown Cincinnati, and we’re hoping to be a good influence for urban roofs around us, prompting other major companies to consider doing the same.