Faculty Advisor

Jiusto, J. Scott

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M

Project Center

San Juan, Puerto Rico


This report, prepared for the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, investigated the feasibility and desirability of utilizing vegetated (green) roofs in the tropical climate of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Feasibility was assessed through experiments on the performance of various plants and soils and development of a temperature sensor network to collect data for a heat transfer model. Desirability was assessed through interviews with employees in targeted industries. Green roofs were found to yield substantial benefits at both the economic and environmental level.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2005

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology