#TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post – Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

April 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities?

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid just posted their Twitter Pre-chat Post online – see Green Roofs: A Sustainability Voucher for Cities? #TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post for our upcoming Twitter Chat.

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Here’s just a short excerpt:

“Sustainability sits at the top of the priorities of many cities across the world, especially since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Climate Agreement by the United Nations in 2015. It is important that the impact of different sustainability measures and solutions, including green roofs, become measurable. More research and data should be collected, at the urban and metropolitan scale, to quantify the contribution of green roofs to achieving city sustainability goals. Measuring green roofs impact on stormwater management, air, and water quality would especially allow cities to strategically allocate resources for the installation of green roofs and make them part of city sustainability agendas.

Does your city have green roofs? How do green roofs contribute to a city’s livability? And what impact do they have on a city’s overall sustainability?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below and join us at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat to answer these questions and more, with our co-host, Greenroofs.comLinda Velazquez, ASLA, LEED™ AP, GRP, publisher, and editor of Greenroofs.com will be on our experts’ panel along with Tessa Duste (Moss Amsterdam), Ben Flanner (Brooklyn Grange) and Dusty Gedge (Living Roofs). Save the date: Wednesday, April 18th at 12:00 p.m PT.”

~ Sarah Essbai, The Global Grid

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

Join Dusty Gedge, Tesse Duste, Ben Flanner & me on April 18 for The Global Grid Greenroofs Twitter Chat!

Contribute to #TheGlobalGrid Polls

The Global Grid has three polls up on the Pre-Chat Post: Are there any green roofs in your city?, Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?, and Which city has the highest rate of vegetated roofs?

Contribute your opinion!

Join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs for a Twitter Chat Together Next Wednesday, April 18

TheGlobalGrid Pre-Chat Post Green Roofs Sustainability Voucher for Cities

The Time?

Join us for the one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from:

12 pm – 1 pm PT

Where?

#TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat

You can also read all about How To Do It there, in case you’re new.

Convert for your time zones, and we hope to hear from you at #TheGlobalGrid Twitter chat with us #Greenroofs next Wedenesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date: April 18, 2018

April 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm

#TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs are Hosting a Twitter Chat Together

April is World Landscape Architecture Month, an international celebration of the profession.  What better way to be part of the celebration?  Get in on the action and voice your opinions about greenroofs!

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Sarah Essbai of The Global Grid asked us at Greenroofs.com to co-host their monthly Twitter Chat, and we think it’s a fantastic idea.  Sarah is leading the communications and marketing efforts of The Global Grid and is an architect, urban planner and independent researcher based in Zaandam, The Netherlands.

When?

The one-hour The Global Grid Twitter Chat will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT.

Look for The Global Grid’s pre-chat post to be published next week, and more info and specifics from us to follow, too.

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

The Topic

Greenroofs, of course!  We’ll be focusing on their role in achieving sustainability goals for cities.

The Panelists

There will be four of us on #The Global Grid and #Greenroofs Twitter Chat:

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

  • Dusty Gedge, co-founder of Livingroofs.org and the current President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB) in London: @greenroofsuk;
  • Tessa Duste, founder of Moss Amsterdam in Amsterdam: @TessaDuste;
  • Ben Flanner, Director of Agriculture, President, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm in New York City: @bjflanner;
  • And me, Linda S. Velazquez, Publisher and founder of Greenroofs.com in Alpharetta, GA: @greenroofs.

About The Global Grid

Since 2010, The Global Grid has offered localized and unique architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning and related news every weekday.  The Global Grid uniquely publishes news specific to the town or city in which the author resides or is traveling.  With a 150+ writer alumni, The Global Grid continues to grow as a destination for local environmental design news and perspectives.

About Greenroofs.com

Greenroofs.com is an interactive website, online media company, vibrant social network, and comprehensive online resource Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture and promoting People, Projects & Design.  Greenroofs.com publishes the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database currently with over 1,700 profiles and the Greenroof & Greenwall Directory plus produces the biennial Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits (2017, 2015, 2013, 2011).

Save the Date Twitter Chat

#TheGlobalGrid #Greenroofs Twitter Chat Save the Date April 18, 2018

Convert for your time zones, and we hope you’ll join #TheGlobalGrid and #Greenroofs on April 18th, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT!

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

Denver Voters Pass I-300 Green Roof Building Code!

November 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Denver Voters Pass I-300 Green Roof Building Code

Green Roof Ordinance I-300 Passes from Denver Voters by 52%

After a hard fought battle from both sides, the votes were in late last night: Denver voters approved the I-300 Green Roof Code on Tuesday, November 7.  The initiative passed by about 52.5 to 47.5% of the vote, in spite of the fact that the opposition outspent supporters by a margin of 12 to 1.

Starting January 1, 2018, buildings in Denver larger than 25,000 square feet will be required to green a portion of their roofs either with vegetation or solar.

Battle of the Advertising Budgets

Huge financial support was garnered from the opponents of the measure, who spent an estimated $250,000.  In particular, Denver commercial real estate developers, some businesses, and the opposition campaign “Citizens for a Responsible Denver” were the leading challengers to the proposed mandate.

Contrast that amount to the meager $10,000 collected by the Denver Green Roof Initiative over the past months!  Grassroots leader and Denver Green Roof Initiative Campaign Manager Brandon Reitheimer says most of the money was spent on social media advertising.

And in particular, Brandon emphasized the importance of volunteer canvasing across the city, from homes to Democratic house district meetings to neighborhood association meetings.

Denver Voters Pass I-300 Green Roof Building Code

Denver Botanical Gardens.

Citizen-led Initiative with a Great Reach

The Denver victory is great for all of us in the living architecture field, but especially for the citizens of Denver.  And, hopefully it’s a sign that future municipalities also will provide leadership on sustainability.

The citizen-led initiative had much support from locals and within the greater greenroof community.  Many of us donated money, time, and marketing to the cause, including Greenroofs.com, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), and others within the U.S. greenroof industry.

Favorable Cost-Benefit Study from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities & Green Infrastructure Foundation

In mid-October, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities prepared a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the economic impact relating to the proposed I-300 Ordinance, entitled Making Informed Decisions: A Green Roof Cost and Benefit Study for Denver.”

GRHC found that widespread greenroof installation would result in 57.5 million square feet of living roofs, and generate $1.85 billion in savings by 2058 and approximately 25,000 job-years in employment over a 15 year period.

“The study doesn’t quantify many important green roof benefits or the solar component in the proposed law. We used conservative data on costs and benefits from Denver which suffers from terrible urban heat island impacts, combined with studies from other jurisdictions that have implemented mandatory green roof requirements,” ~ Andy Creath, Green Infrastructure Foundation board member and president, Green Roofs of Colorado in the 10.13.17 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities & Green Infrastructure Foundation Media Release

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Weighs In

Denver Voters Pass I-300 Green Roof Building Code

Denver EPA Greenroof.

Mayor Hancock was against the measure, saying it went “too far,” in Denverite but added that the city would implement the will of the people.

“We are concerned that it may mean more initial costs. Once the people have spoken, that’s our job. There may need to be some tweaks, based on legal challenges. Though we were not going to line up and support the initiative, our values align.” ~ Denver is one of the first U.S. cities to require green roofs – so what happens now?

What Does Happen Now?

Regarding the passage of this Initiative, two important items remain:

1. I-300 will be reviewed by a Technical Committee which can put alterations to a vote by the Denver City Council;

2. And in six months, the Denver City Council would have the option of repealing or making changes to the ordinance with a two-thirds majority.

Denver Voters Pass I-300 Green Roof Building Code

Denver Residence on Quivas Street.

Is Denver Ready?

At present, the mayor and city council members are researching all of the possible opportunities and challenges that might be inherent in implementing the initiative. And Andrea Burns with Denver Community Planning and Development says the new ordinance will take a lot of effort, but that they will make it work for the people of Denver.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities says it will continue to work with local groups, the Technical Committee, and the Denver City Council to strengthen and support the initiative and grow the area greenroof market.

Leila Tolderlund, LEED AP, GRP, an assistant professor in the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning – and one of our Speakers at the Greenroofs.com Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2017 – provided commentary to Denverite:

“We’re ready,” Tolderlund said of the landscape architects of Denver. Bring it on.” ~ Denver is one of the first U.S. cities to require green roofs – so what happens now?

Kudos to All

Congratulations to the tireless and persistent volunteers at Denver Green Roof Initiative, in particular Brandon Reitheimer, for their incredible work on passing the first fully citizen-led ballot initiative of this kind in Denver!

Additional work needs to be accomplished to keep Initiative 300 on track for next January 1, and you can count on us for continued media support.

Denver Voters Pass I-300 Green Roof Building Code

Community College of Denver.

For additional information, contact Brandon Reitheimer at Brandon@denvergreenroof.org or call (717) 433-3663.

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.  Round #2 started on October 16th!

Denver Voters Pass I-300 Green Roof Building Code

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