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Green roof coming to Chattanooga's City Council building

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Dave Crockett thinks he can shave at least $4,000 a year from the power bill for the City Council building.

Council members are willing to let him try. On Tuesday, they voted 8-1 to hire Madison, Tenn.-based Two Rivers Roofing Inc. to construct a "green" roof on the building next to City Hall.

"We want to prove it and let this be a laboratory for all buildings downtown," said Crockett, director of the Office of Sustainability.

Deborah Scott was the only no vote. She said she couldn't justify paying $341,000 for a vegetation-covered roof when a standard roof would cost only about $80,000.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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