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The living bus roof was the brain child of sustainable enthusiast Mike Jackson, who brought his idea to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Kimberley Minkel. By simply writing a letter with his idea, the Buffalo resident saw it become a reality not long after. Along with eco_logic STUDIO, the NFTA approached living roof company Green Top to install the piece. The five foot by eleven foot roof garden was installed on the corner of North Division and Ellicott Streets, on one of the busiest bus shelters in the city.

Green, yellow, blue-green and red sedum succulents grow over the roof, infusing color and life to the shelter. They also help keep bus riders cool while waiting in the summer, and a few degrees warmer in the winter. The succulents also help filter rain water, diverting it from the storm sewer on the street below.

The entire project cost a few thousand dollars, and has been receiving compliments from bus riders and officials alike. The green roof joins the NFTA’s drive to implement more sustainable methods, like their new hybrid buses that joined their fleet.

Jackson is an inspiration for sustainability advocates worldwide, proving there is power in suggestion.

Via Buffalo News