September 20, 2007
Greenroofing offers an attractive alternative to the barren deserts of tar, gravel and asphalt usually seen from urban windows. Greenroofs can capture and evaporate up to 100 percent of rainwater in their space, making them ideal for urban settings in which high-density development offers few opportunities for rainwater to percolate into the soil during storms. In addition, greenroofs offer triple-bottom line savings by paying back in energy efficiency, environmental health, and profitability.
Getting Into Greenroofs Resource List
Katrin Scholz-Barth, Katrin Scholz-Barth Consulting (Washington, DC)
Katrin Scholz-Barth is one of the nationally recognized, preeminent experts in greenroof technology, which she has helped to establish in the United States. Her work demonstrates that greenroofs are an integral and functional building element that protects watersheds while increasing biodiversity and quality of life in urban areas.
Ed Snodgrass, Green Roof Plants (Street, MD)
Ed Snodgrass, a horticultural consultant, owns and operates Green Roof Plants, an arm of Emory Knoll Farms, a leading supplier of plants and plant expertise for extensive green roof systems. They offer a high level of service in selecting the optimal plants for each installation, and have worked in nineteen states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.
Brown Bag attendees will learn:
* Greenroof benefits– dollars and sense.
* Start-to-finish site assessment.
* Competitive/cost-effective and insured design and installation.
* Ongoing consultation, maintenance, and support.
* Plant selection.
* Current work with universities and research projects.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a monthly webcast held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The overall goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The series is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups. While the webcasts are open to all, the content is most likely to be of interest to practitioners who work directly with the public, volunteers, or youth.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10–15 minutes, followed by 10–15 minutes of questions and answers.