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Our green roof is a unique sustainability feature of the building. Designed to mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee, the four-acre green space is composed of a waterproofing membrane covered in native vegetation including 14 types of sedum and various wildflowers.
The waterproofing membrane extends the life of the roof by protecting it from UV rays, wind, and stormwater runoff. The vegetation provides a natural habitat for plants, insects, and wildlife in an otherwise urban environment.
The green roof acts as an insulator, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the facility. Additionally, the roof helps lower urban air temperatures by reducing the “heat island effect,” while also reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Video: In December 2021, the green roof got a "top dressing" of nutrient-rich soil. The top dressing is necessary to compensate for natural erosion.
The Music City Center green roof is also home to four beehives. Honeybees in the hives produce, on average, more than 100 pounds of honey each year, while also providing vital pollination. The honey is often used in food preparation by our culinary team.