Do you want to learn how one company has successfully developed and applied ecological and horticultural protocols for its clients? Explore the changes that greenroofs encounter as they grow and evolve over time as you watch the “Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” video by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design above or on our VS2015 Virtual Summit 2015 playlist on our GreenroofsTV channel on YouTube.
It’s been a year since we concluded our third Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit, and as promised, we are now releasing the 23 videos from our 30+ international speakers to the general public.
The team at Furbish ask, “What do YOU want your greenroof to be?” and “What does your greenroof WANT to be?” A variety of scenarios shares the company’s experience with you, the viewer, and helps you understand how a greenroof is a living machine, an evolving ecology, and that change is the only constant.
Michael Furbish, LEED AP
Pasadena, MD, USA. Michael Furbish is the President and Founder of Furbish. He founded the company in 2003 to specialize in aggressively green building systems and development. Work has included straw-bale construction, natural plasters, solar thermal, passive solar, radiant HVAC, composting toilets, living roofs, and living walls.
Furbish specializes in development, design, installation, and stewardship of build of plant-based building systems. This specialty focuses on the ecosystem functionality of plants to deliver elegant engineering solutions to building performance. Living roofs deliver storm water management, heat island effect, energy efficiency, habitat creation, and aesthetic benefits. Living retaining walls reduce heat island effect, mitigate storm water, facilitate nonpoint-source nutrient discharge, create habitat, and improve aesthetics. Interior living walls remediate VOC’s to improve indoor air quality while delivering dramatic aesthetic feature.
Michael has given many speeches and lectures about plant performance throughout his career, speaking at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the Delaware Nature Society to name a few. He earned his BSIE from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Harvard. Michael maintains his LEED AP designation from USGBC and serves on the Executive Committee of ULI’s Baltimore District Council.
Brad Garner, RLA, GRP
Washington, DC, USA. Brad Garner is the Director of Operations of Furbish. Brad is a registered landscape architect with 18 years experience in on-structure and at-grade landscape design, construction, contract administration and maintenance.
Brad is active in all aspects of the living roof and living wall business, but focusing on specification writing, product development, system design, marketing and supply chain. Brad holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University.
Whitney Griffin, PhD
Baltimore, MD, USA. Whitney Griffin is the Director of Stewardship of Furbish. Prior to joining Furbish full-time, Whitney collaborated with Furbish during her doctoral research at the University of Maryland from 2010 to 2014 on development of EcoCline, Furbish’s proprietary living roof system, developed to provide high stormwater management and a low carbon footprint.
At Furbish, Whitney directs and manages the Stewardship division, which includes initial plant establishment for new projects, and long-term stewardship and care for approximately 150 living roof and living wall projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Primary responsibilities involve developing ecological and horticultural protocols to ensure success, as well as listening to clients to understand their needs and respond in ways that best serve building owners, managers and occupants.
Whitney received her bachelor of science degree as well as her Masters of Science in Horticulture from Auburn University before attending the University of Maryland for her Ph.D. in Plant Science.
Read about “Stewardship of Rooftop Ecosystems” by Michael Furbish, Brad Garner, and Dr. Whitney Griffin video’s 5 Key Learning Objectives which I identified for participants of the Virtual Summit 2015.
We welcome your input and suggestions to make our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2017 more accessible, interactive, and a just better all around global social media experience!
~ Happy watching,
Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
~ Also enjoy these released videos available now from our Greenroofs & Walls of the World Virtual Summit 2015 ~ Connecting the Planet with Living Architecture: People, Projects & Design:
“Two Extremes in Waterwise Design from Denver, Colorado and Athens, Greece” by Andrew Clements and Karla Dakin.
“A Higher Purpose – Benefits to Human Health and Education through Green Roofing“ by Elizabeth Hart.
“The Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design + a Look into 2015″ by Linda Velazquez and Haven Kiers.