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New Guide from the Perlite Institute Highlights Use of Perlite for Rooftop Gardens

Harrisburg, PA, December 14, 2012 --( New from the Perlite Institute, the international trade association for perlite, is an online, one-page guide that highlights the benefits of using this sustainable mineral for rooftop gardens.

The guide describes how rooftop gardens utilizing horticultural grade perlite can reduce the heat island effect of smaller, older buildings while also treating storm water runoff, extending the life of the roofing and creating a habitat for flora and fauna.

“As a case study referenced in this guide demonstrates, using a high percentage of perlite in rooftop gardens can help building owners achieve their environmental and financial goals,” said Alison Evans, communications manager for the Perlite Institute.

The “Gardens in the Sky – Growing Food on Rooftops” guide, along with a number of other helpful and informative guides focused on the use of perlite in horticulture, is available on the Perlite Institute’s website (

About perlite and the Perlite Institute:
Perlite is one of nature’s most versatile and efficient minerals. Its unique characteristics of being lightweight, sterile, insulating and fireproof make it an excellent choice for such diverse applications in construction, filtration, horticulture, industrial and insulation markets. Members of the Perlite Institute work together to learn the most efficient and effective ways to produce market-ready perlite, to build awareness among target industries of perlite's incredible potential and to research and then communicate the mineral's properties to end-users.

Alison Evans, Phone: 717-238-9723

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