The Bozeman Co-op is in the process of completing a green roof as part of the expansion at its West Main Street location.
The grass on the roof will help filter rainwater and snowmelt so that the runoff is less polluted and makes it less likely to leak.
The roof also has a high insulation value, which means it will keep the building warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and reduces the amount of heat that is reflected from the building.
Co-op general manager Kelly Wiseman says that the roof is a sustainable benefit for the Bozeman community.
“We think it’s going to be the way of the future for a lot of those big flat roofs that tend to leak and tend to require a lot of maintenance. Instead, they can be a habitat for bees and basically reflected out into the neighborhood,” said Wiseman.
The roof is expected to be completed later this week.