Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit & Town Hall

September 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Denver Green Roof Initiative

The Denver Green Roof Initiative is a grassroots campaign comprised solely of volunteers who are striving to create a new building code, I-300, requiring large buildings across Denver to dedicate a portion of their roof to solar or vegetation.

As reported here on March 28, for six months now these volunteers have worked tirelessly and were able to gather the number of signatures necessary to be placed on the Denver County, November 7, 2017 ballot.

Kudos to all!

Support the Cause: Triple 10 Challenge

The Denver Green Roof Initiative recently introduced the Triple 10 Challenge:

  • Tell 10 friends about this initiative;
  • Donate 10 hours of your time between now and November 7th;
  • And finally, they are asking for you to donate 10 dollars.

Learn More at Denver Green Roof Initiative

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Certainly, we can all tell 10 colleagues about this super important mission.  And, if you live in the Denver area, it is in your best interest to support this cause and our green infrastructure community!

If possible, please help the Denver Green Roof Initiative with a $10 secure donation to further their cause – which will help promote greenroofs throughout the U.S. as well as North America (Greenroofs.com has).

10 Friends, 10 Hours, 10 dollars.

Denver Ranks 11th Worst in the U.S. for Air Quality & 3rd for Its Urban Heat Island Effect

The tireless Denver Green Roof Initiative Campaign Manager, Brandon Rietheimer, says:

With our federal government no longer paying attention to climate change it is imperative that we take charge at the local level.

Denver is a leader in progressive change. The passing of this measure will show the entire nation the steps that need to be taken now to prevent and reduce the problems of the future. This means clean energy and a cooler city. Join us today in making it a reality and don’t forget to vote Yes on I-300.

According to the Denver Green Roof Initiative, Denver’s own EPA building, which has had a greenroof since 2006, has an average temperature of 80 degrees in the summer compared to the roof across the street, measuring 170 degrees.

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Denver EPA Building greenroof.

How about following the early leader, County of Denver?

Time to Hit the Streets This Saturday & Sunday September 30 & October 1

Do you live in Denver?  Help the Denver Green Roof Initiative spread the word:

We need your help this weekend to begin passing out flyers. For 2 hours, Saturday or Sunday, we will be hitting doors and dropping off flyers to houses throughout your neighborhood! Can you lend us a hand? You won’t have to knock on doors and speak with anyone. Just simply drop off a flyer in a mailbox or at a front door. It’s that easy! ~ Denver Green Roof Initiative

You’ll even get free donuts and coffee for your work!  But if you can’t help this weekend, you can still donate your time.  Email: volunteer@denvergreenroof.org

I-300 Fundraising Benefit on October 7 @ 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Held at the Mercury Café at 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205, VIP Purchasers will receive an I-300 T-Shirt and are granted special Early Access.

VIP: Doors Open, Silent Auction Begins: 4:30pm
Meet and Greet with Founder of I-300: 5:00-5:45pm
Musical Guest “Random Temple” 5:45-6:45pm
Guest Speaker “Jennifer Bousselot” PhD Green Roof Expert 7:00-7:30pm

General Admission: Doors Open: 7:30pm
Musical Guest “Vibe Street” 7:45 to 9:00pm
Silent Auction Ends 8:30pm

I-300 Town Hall on October 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the Green Roof Initiative for a good old fashioned Town Hall at the Washington Street Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209.

Green Roof Expert, Rick Kile, will be giving an hour long presentation followed by a Q and A.

Don’t Live in Denver?  Donate on ActBlue

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

Questions? Please email Brandon@denvergreenroof.org or call (717) 433-3663.

Good luck with the Denver Green Roof Initiative and we look forward to your continued success!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit through December, 2017.  Submit your Under 10-Minute Video by September 29th ~ Round #2 starts on October 16th!

Denver Green Roof Initiative I-300 Fundraising Benefit Town Hall

CounterpointeSRE PACE Program Announces Innovative Financing for Greenroofs

August 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing for Greenroofs

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

If you are lucky to be located in a U.S. state covered by PACE financing, you may be eligible for financing 100% of the costs to fund permanent green energy-saving, water-saving and seismic strengthening improvements – now including greenroofs!

Last week, Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate, a leader in commercial real estate PACE financing, announced the launch of new financing program for the installation, service, and maintenance of greenroofs nationwide.

This innovative new financing program will help property owners comply with San Francisco’s new Living Roof Ordinance for one, and is backed by property-tax assessments funding – known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing – through which the local county or municipality offers a voluntary tax assessment increase in exchange for the funding costs.

“The financing provided by Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate provides financing for 100% of the costs of green roof installation. Through the CounterpointeSRE’s PACE program, the assessment that funds the improvements is repaid with long term, fixed rates through an additional line item on the property tax statement. This will allow hotels, offices, hospitals and other commercial properties to finance green roofs while preserving capital and potentially qualifying for off balance sheet treatment. Assessments are tied to the property, so they may be passed through to tenants, are non-recourse to owners and are transferrable upon sale of the property.

A highlighted feature of the new program is 100% financing that includes all related soft costs such as design, engineering, egress installation, and prepaid service or maintenance contracts for the green roof.” ~  Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program

CounterpointeSRE Program Announces Innovative PACE Financing Greenroofs

Download the CounterpointeSRE Green Roof Program PDF to read more about it and how you and your property may qualify.

“CounterpointeSRE is pleased to work in conjunction with city planners to helps reduce heat island effects, manage stormwater, and increase open space in commercial spaces.

Through this program, property owners can increase ROI, property aesthetics and property value while making our cities more environmentally friendly.” ~ Eric Alini, managing partner at Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate

Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading PACE provider, financing commercial real estate clean energy and resiliency improvements nationwide from $100,000 to $50,000,000.

Sounds like an amazing opportunity to fund commercial greenroofs and we need to look more into it!  For more information, please visit CounterpointeSRE.

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists at the 2017 Virtual Summit

April 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

We hope you’ll join us for our 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture. Highlighting excellence and lessons learned in green living architecture, the 4th biennial web-based Virtual Summit is being held from April 9 through December 31, 2017.

We’ll have a variety of live events scheduled though December 2017 – all with the backdrop of our fantastic speaker videos you can watch on demand from across the globe.  But up first is the Long Earth Day Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – don’t miss watching these videos in time for their Q & As!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists at the 2017 Virtual Summit!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

For Earth Week we’re highlighting these awesome colleagues and practitioners and their engrossing videos:

Keynote Joanne Rodriguez, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, Tremco Director, Sustainable & Strategic Initiatives:

Roofing BMP’s for Low-Impact Development Projects

Adrienne Aiona, PE, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Stormwater Management Manual Manager and Henry Stevens, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services:

Credits for Stormwater Management: A Survey of North American Cities with a Focus on Portland, OR

David L. Aponte, MSCE, GRP, PRGD Inc. Founder & Principal:

Managing Stormwater with the Use of Green Infrastructure in the Caribbean Region

Jörg Breuning, Green Roof Service LLC / Green Roof Technology Founder:

Green Tea 4 Two with Patrick Carey & Jörg Breuning” – a talk along with architectural designer Patrick Carey, GRP

Dusty Gedge, European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) President and Livingroofs.org Founder:

Green Roofs and Walls – a View from London

Elizabeth Hart, CDT, GRP, Tremco, Inc. Manager, Sustainability Program Development and Green Roof Info Think-tank (GRiT) Executive Director:

Extended Lifecycle Green Roofs – Avoiding Failure of Roofing and Vegetation

Thomas W. Liptan, FASLA, Green Infrastructure Specialist:

Sustainable Stormwater Management: A Landscape-Driven Approach to Planning and Design

Eyal Mirelman, BLDVEG – Building Vegetation Co-Founder & Owner:

Hardware and Software – Balancing the Ingredients for the Middle East

Charlie Miller, PE, Roofmeadow Founding Principal and President:

The Second City – Elevated, Grounded, Inspired”- along with landscape architect Laura Hansplant, RLA, LEED AP

Amy Norquist, GRP, Greensulate Founder & CEO:

Experience Gained: Lessons Learned by a Decade-old Green Roof Company

James Ramsey, raad Founder & Principal, Lowline Designer:

The Lowline

See the entire Agenda.

Speaker Q & As this Long Earth Day Weekend

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Don’t miss our upcoming first live event over the Long Earth Day Weekend for Speaker Q & As – see the Agenda for dates and times.

FREE Global Social Media Event

This is a FREE global Social Media Event!  Connect with your favorite speakers and we’ll see you online soon!

Thank you to our Partners, and please contact Aramis if you’re interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at aramis@greenroofs.com:

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

Register now and join us online for our 2017 Virtual Summit with live events over the Long Earth Day Weekend: April 21, 22, & 23 – and through December, 2017!

Watch Green Infrastructure Specialists 2017 Virtual Summit

Calling for Support of the Denver Green Roof Initiative, by Brandon Rietheimer

March 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

The Denver Green Roof Initiative is a grassroots campaign attempting to lower Denver’s climate and environmental impact. Within the U.S., Denver currently ranks as eighth highest in ozone and/or particle pollution, third highest in Urban Heat Islands, and has multiple polluted rivers containing unsafe levels of Arsenic, E. Coli, and Selenium. Green roofs would provide a viable solution to these problems that we face.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Denver Residence on Quivas Street.

Four years ago Denver Mayor Hancock signed an executive order creating the Denver Office of Sustainability. Together, they set forth aggressive goals to combat climate change and to provide sustainable solutions for our ever-growing city. However, not one step has been taken towards meeting those goals and no one has been given the authority to enforce them. This was exposed from the Denver Auditors Office.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Community College of Denver.

Denver is growing fast and it is important to mitigate our footprint while we grow. The problems that we have as a city are not being addressed by our elected officials. I personally met with City Planning and Development and it became very clear, very quickly that they did not want to incentivize green roofs or implement stronger stormwater management. Currently, stormwater management is not required for buildings under an acre. It is time to make a stand and show the city that we care about the effect our city has on climate. We must make aggressive change now. There is no planet b.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Denver Botanical Gardens.

The Denver Green Roof Initiative, if passed, will create a new building ordinance requiring all new buildings, building additions, and all roof replacements for buildings over 25,000 sqft to dedicate a portion of their roof to green space or a combination of green roof and solar. This ordinance will affect over 3,000 buildings throughout Denver County and any new construction after January 1, 2018. In order to assure that vegetation will survive this climate, technical standards are included in this ordinance in great detail. These technical standards require thorough planning, installation requirements and maintenance plans. A green roof technical advisory board will also be established to ensure the long term success of this initiative.

We at the Denver Green Roof Initiative are a small group with big ambitions. Close to 10,000 signatures are required, and ten of us are actively involved and have been working tirelessly to get this far, but now we need your help. Pursuant to Denver’s rules for citizen initiated ordinances, we can only collect signatures in person. We had to make petition packets and get them approved by the elections division. There was also a comment and review with the city, and a very specific legal procedure has to be followed for this process. One mistake and an entire packet can be disqualified.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

Denver EPA Building.

We just do not have the people to collect the necessary signatures needed in the allotted time frame; we have 200 days left. We have spoken with multiple companies that do this professionally and we feel that it is imperative to hire one to be successful.

We have chosen to work with the company PCI for signature collection and verification because of their integrity and history. The process isn’t cheap and that’s why we are asking for your help in raising $20,000.

Support Denver Green Roof Initiative Brandon Rietheimer

So please, help us get our initiative on the ballot for November, 2017. We are confident that the voters of Denver will vote “Yes” on this issue. We just have to get it there!

Visit us at www.denvergreenroof.org to learn all about our project, the full proposition text, volunteer and/or donate through a variety of ways, including our GoFundMe campaign.  Please help us make Denver a cleaner, greener, cooler city.

Brandon Rietheimer

Publisher’s Note: Check out the coverage from The Denver Post of March 5, 2017 in Should Denver require rooftop gardens to reduce heat island effect? Voters might decide this year.

Brandon is 30 years old and has been in food service since he was 15 – with no background in green roofs, living architecture, nor politics. He had previously lived in Pennsylvania his whole life until three years ago when he moved to Denver. Brandon cares about the environment and believes in making change at the local level.

Contact Brandon Rietheimer at:

Denver Green Roof Initiative
www.denvergreenroof.org
(717) 433-3663