I first became aware of Kevin through his many posts within our industry blogosphere a couple of years ago, and finally started corresponding with him after I read about the wonderful Breaking Ground Green Roof in Jacksonville, Florida.
He is quite a dynamo in the greenroof & vegetated wall arena and the social media world as well! I enjoyed and admired his work with native plantings so much that we made the Breaking Ground Green Roof the Greenroofs.com Greenroof Project of the Week for June 27, 2011.
After reading about his work here in high-wind prone northeastern Florida, I realized that Kevin would make an excellent panel member for our nascent Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit. And so along with Dr. Bill Retzlaff, David Aponte, and Joe Webb, the idea for the “Wind. Water. Heat. Grow. Greenroofs.” Panel Session was born for our inaugural 2011 Virtual Summit:
And now, continuing on this windy theme, comes Kevin’s basis for his weekly blog column about this particularly interesting yet tricky subject: Tropical Green Roofs.
There are so many sides to Kevin Songer – where do I begin? How about here, in About Us:
Kevin Songer, J.D., ISA Certified Arborist & Municipal Specialist, LEED AP BD+C, is our Tropical Green Roof Editor (March, 2012).
Kevin serves as green roof expert for MetroVerde, a Florida based vertical green design company. He was awarded the 2011 “˜Green Hero’ of the year award and the 2009 Innovation in Landscape and Water Conservation recognition by the Northeast Florida Chapter of the USGBC. Kevin has spoken of the economic and ecological benefits associated with green roofs at numerous functions and seminars. He served on Greenroofs.com’s “Wind, Water, Heat, Grow. Greenroofs.” panel during the 2011 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit.
Kevin writes a daily green roof blog, Living Green Roofs, and contributes green roof notes to the Native Plant and Wildlife Garden web project. Kevin also holds an undergraduate degree in biology and the Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law with a focus in environmental law. Kevin lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife Judy.
I hope you’ll enjoy Kevin’s posts as the Tropical Green Roofs Editor and become part of the discussion – I certainly plan to!