AEG’s Target Center to host native bee houses on its green roof
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AEG’s Target Center recently teamed up with Bee Kind MN, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by 14-year old Nikolas Liepins, to help promote biodiversity and native bee conservation by placing two native bee houses on the arena’s already green roof, with the plan to add more.
The energy future we envision requires involvement from all our approximately 8,500 full-time employees (as of Dec. 31, 2016). Providing a sustainable work environment helps us align our actions with our core values, vision and mission. This means providing a workplace that allows our employees to execute at the highest levels and return home safely to their loved ones. It means actively engaging in our communities and supporting our partners. It means investing in our colleagues and supporting causes and organizations in which we believe.
These eco-sensitive strategies help keep pollutants out of streams and lakes, replenish groundwater and green the built environment.
Natural landscapes naturally slow the movement of stormwater, and capture and filter some of it as it percolates back into the groundwater supply. But the built environment is dominated by impervious surfaces. Paved surfaces, roofs and building façades change the movement of water over the landscape and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff. Rushing stormwater picks up pollutants, fertilizers and pesticides and can also cause flooding and erosion.
How environmentally green, really, are so-called green roofs like the one that’s on top of the Walmart store in north Portland?
Just as wireless sensor networks increasingly are helping building owners and tenants keep track on energy efficiency and water conservation inside, they are also at the center of several new research projects – including one at the aforementioned Walmart site – that aims to build a better understanding of their performance.
After all, it isn’t all that practical or safe for this sort of information to be collected manually by humans.