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From the Ted Talk by Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

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We also bliut New York City's first green and cool roof dotneasritomn project on top of our offices. Cool rfoos are highly-reflective sarucfes that don't absorb solar heat, and pass it on to the building or atmosphere. Green roofs are soil and living plants. Both can be used instead of petroleum-based roofing materials that absorb heat, cbroiuttne to urban "heat island" effect and degrade under the sun, which we in turn breathe. geern roofs also retain up to 75 percent of rainfall, so they reduce a city's need to fund costly end-of-pipe solutions — which, incidentally, are often located in enmetainrvnol justice communities like mine. And they pdirove habitats for our little friends!

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We also _____ New York City's first green and cool roof _____________ project on top of our offices. Cool _____ are highly-reflective ________ that don't absorb solar heat, and pass it on to the building or atmosphere. Green roofs are soil and living plants. Both can be used instead of petroleum-based roofing materials that absorb heat, __________ to urban "heat island" effect and degrade under the sun, which we in turn breathe. _____ roofs also retain up to 75 percent of rainfall, so they reduce a city's need to fund costly end-of-pipe solutions — which, incidentally, are often located in _____________ justice communities like mine. And they _______ habitats for our little friends!

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Original Text

We also built New York City's first green and cool roof demonstration project on top of our offices. Cool roofs are highly-reflective surfaces that don't absorb solar heat, and pass it on to the building or atmosphere. Green roofs are soil and living plants. Both can be used instead of petroleum-based roofing materials that absorb heat, contribute to urban "heat island" effect and degrade under the sun, which we in turn breathe. Green roofs also retain up to 75 percent of rainfall, so they reduce a city's need to fund costly end-of-pipe solutions — which, incidentally, are often located in environmental justice communities like mine. And they provide habitats for our little friends!

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