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One of the Music City Center's most impressive sustainable features is the green roof. Designed to mimic the rolling hills of Tennessee, the roof spans over four acres and is currently the largest green roof in the Southeast. The green roof is an integral part in our overall sustainability plan, helping to reduce energy usage by absorbing heat and acting as an insulator to lessen the amount of energy needed to provide heating and cooling to the facility. The 175,000 square foot roof is composed of 14 different types of vegetation and a waterproofing membrane. The vegetation reduces the "heat island effect” by shading the roof surface and lowering urban air temperatures. The waterproofing membrane extends the life of the roof by protecting it from UV rays and wind and by diverting rainwater to flow into our rainwater catchment system, thus reducing the amount of storm water runoff. The green roof also provides a natural habitat for plants, insects and wildlife that would otherwise have limited space in an urban environment, including our very own honey bee population. The Music City Center supports bee hives in order to help the bee population in Nashville flourish, provide pollinators to the many green spaces Downtown, and produce delicious honey for use in our kitchen.