This paper aims to assess integrated sustainability contributions of a rooftop garden in an institutional setting.

Urban food production on rooftop gardens within denser built environments could contribute to better sustainability performance; regeneration of vacant roof spaces into active and interactive places and create opportunities for building healthy, socially networked and liveable communities. Two rooftop case studies: UTS rooftop garden and St. Canice Kitchen Garden in Sydney, Australia are explored. Situated within two different settings and supported by City of Sydney’s funding grants, these case studies offer a unique insight. This paper explores integrated sustainability contributions of institutional rooftop gardens and aims to model future potential of growing food locally and associated carbon benefits.

Outcomes suggest that as a part of useful green infrastructure, a rooftop garden has significant potential to improve sustainability performance. From a social perspective, the gardens act as shared community meeting places. Through effective collaborative efforts and partnerships, it is possible to initiate socially inclusive and resilient community building within the institutions as well as beyond their boundaries.

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