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CHICAGO-The city is still very much the leader in one form of environmentally-friendly development. According to a recent survey by Toronto-based Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Chicago is leading the way by a wide margin in the growth of green-roof projects, with more than 550,000 square feet in the Chicagoland area in 2009.

The organization this week released its 2010 industry survey, which indicated that the green roof industry has grown more than 16% since last year. However, Chicago’s efforts tower over the rest of the nation; as the next strongest green-roof installer is Washington, DC with just less than 200,000 square feet.

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