Community Based Ecoroof Projects
& Public Education
By Anthony Roy
The Ribbon Cutting at
the Portland Hawthorne Youth Hostel; Photo Courtesy Anthony Roy
Who we are
Everywhere is a Portland Oregon based non-profit organization dedicated
to furthering the regional use of vegetated rooftops through low cost
community-based projects and public education. To date, Ecoroofs
Everywhere has designed and installed five residential scale ecoroofs; a
sixth will be installed on November 8 with a seventh project planned for
early spring 2004.
by Ecoroofs Everywhere, Aug. 03
Ecoroofs Everywhere was created
in 2001 after a group of volunteers successfully completed a green roof
installation at the Hawthorne Youth Hostel in Portland. Led by project
manager Greg Haines, volunteers renovated the front porch roof of a turn of
the century Victorian house and then designed and installed a 700 square
foot greenroof, visible to motorists and pedestrians who travel the busy
The Hawthorne Youth Hostel
ecoroof project garnered considerable media attention because of its low
cost incorporation of community volunteers, and high visibility to the
public. Since that time, the group has added new members and has
designed and installed several residential style greenroofs in the
Portland-Vancouver area. In 2002, Ecoroofs Everywhere joined with the
Water Works to provide comprehensive services focusing on
community-directed innovative stormwater solutions.
What we do
Ecoroofs Everywhere provides technical assistance, low cost design and
installation services, and serves as a clearinghouse of impartial
information on ecoroof research and materials.
1. Technical Assistance
For the self-installer, Ecoroofs Everywhere's volunteers are available to
answer questions on all aspects of greenroof design and installation.
2. Project Installation
With assistance from volunteers, Ecoroofs Everywhere provides a variety of
design, specification, and installation services.
People's Ecoroof in
August, 2003; Photo Anthony Roy
Volunteers Planting the People's Ecoroof in
Landscape Architects working
with Ecoroofs Everywhere provide renderings and site drawings, along with
specifications for membranes, drainage, erosion, substrate, and plants.
We utilize readily available and proven materials that will save you money.
Ecoroofs Everywhere's project coordinators organize the procurement and
delivery of the materials.
Ecoroofs Everywhere project coordinators also organize small groups of
community volunteers to assistance with the actual installation of ecoroof
components. The result is a process that both educates the public on
the benefits of ecoroofs and provides more affordable project costs for the
Ecoroofs Everywhere believes in freely sharing information on best practices
for ecoroof installation. Unaffiliated with a roofing company, Ecoroofs
Everywhere provides unbiased information about what we believe works and
Photo Courtesy Anthony Roy
Ecoroofs Everywhere has also
educated hundreds of people about the many benefits of vegetated rooftops.
At public events and conferences we utilize a 'mock-up' sloped roof that
stands 8ft. tall and 4ft wide and is used to display the materials and
plants commonly used in actual ecoroof installations.
Currently our organization's
www.ecoroofseverywhere.org, is being redesigned with new features, and
will soon contain information on our projects, case studies on other local
and regional ecoroof installations, a step-by-step guide for installing an
ecoroof, the rules and rewards for installing an ecoroof in Portland, how
you can get involved in the green roof movement, and other wonderful rooftop
Ecoroofs Everywhere Members:
Anthony Roy - City of Portland, Office of Sustainable Development
Greg Haines - Hostelling International Portland
Jason King - Macdonald Environmental Planning
Magnus Burnhardt - Alpha Engineering
Robert Ross - Ross Development
Matt Burlin - City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Anthony Roy is a founding member of
Ecoroofs Everywhere and is also with the City of Portland, Office of
Sustainable Development. For volunteer opportunities and more information on
Ecoroofs Everywhere and
greenroof development in the Portland, OR area, please visit
or call 503.823.7616.
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