Portland Adopts a Green Roof Requirement in the Central City 2035 Plan

June 13, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Portland is changing the Nature of its rooftops!

Green roof advocates everywhere are celebrating the recently adopted Portland Central City 2035 Plan (CC2035 Plan), which includes a mandate for vegetated roofing.  The Ecoroof Requirement, as it is called, goes into effect starting July 2018 and includes buildings in the Central City over net 20,000 square feet, with rooftop parking exempt.

The green roof must cover 100% of the roof (that includes appropriate vegetated free zones), with up to 40% exemptions for rooftop mechanical equipment.

“The CC2035 Plan establishes a new generation of goals and tools to ensure the city center becomes an even more thriving economic, cultural, educational and recreational hub for the region over the next 20+ years.” ~ The City of Portland Oregon, Planning and Sustainability

The success of this landmark mandate is due to a united effort between local nonprofits, community members, and our elected officials.  The Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) has been supporting the City of Portland with green roof studies, symposia and stakeholder testimony throughout the years leading to the development of the requirement.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Greenroofs.com, the Audubon Society, Portland State University, and various local stakeholders have also had a significant impact on the awareness and research of green roofing in Portland and beyond.

Previous Portland Ecoroof Incentive

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

The new Ecoroof Requirement within the Portland Central City 2035 Plan revisits the previous successful Portland Ecoroof Incentive:

“From 2008 to 2012, Environmental Services offered property owners and developers an ecoroof construction incentive of $5 per square foot. Ecoroof costs vary according to project size, design and complexity. Environmental Services granted almost $2 million in incentives that helped fund over 130 projects that created more than 8 acres of ecoroofs that manage an average of 4.4 million gallons of stormwater annually.” ~ The City of Portland, Oregon, Environmental Services

Stewardship for the environment and human health does not get bestowed upon us from the top-down.  For a new paradigm to take root, communities must unite toward a goal, and then stick together throughout all of the challenges and objections that arise.  It is our own responsibility to keep our municipal, state, and national leaders on track and informed to protect our resources and enhance our livelihoods.

Portland has spoken, adding our voice to the swelling tidal wave of cities incorporating green roofs into their long-term plans for urban resiliency.

~ Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP, President, GRiT Board of Directors

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

GRiT is the Green Roof Info Think-tank

The Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT) is a network of businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers and community members joining together to grow the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific NW. GRiT is a registered 501c-3 non-profit organization. We host monthly meetings, seasonal tours, lectures, community outreach efforts, and semi-annual green roof symposia, among many other fun events.

GRiT was established in 2009 by volunteers looking for ways to advance the green roof industry in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  Over the following years, GRiT served as a forum for sharing research, building relationships, and promoting the green roof industry.

Visit www.greenroofthinktank.org.

Elizabeth Hart Morris

Portland Central City 2035 Plan

Elizabeth Hart Morris, CDT, GRP is the President of Green Up LLC, a woman-owned roof consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon. She is also co-founder of MycoCycle which focuses on advancing roof recycling technologies. For more than 10 years Elizabeth has been changing the “nature” of commercial roofing through green roof project management, roof recycling, advocacy and nonprofit work.

Elizabeth is also the President of the Green Roof info Think-tank (GRiT), a non-profit organization dedicated to growing the knowledge and use of green roofs in the Pacific Northwest, and she serves as the Green Roof Professional (GRP) Education Chair on the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Board of Directors.

Contact Elizabeth at:
www.greenuproofing.com
www.greenroofthinktank.org
morris@greenuproofing.com
404-725-1602

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2: Call for Short Videos Extended to October 10!

September 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Extended Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Due to the wonderful response, we’ve decided to
Extend the Call for Under 10-Minute Videos to October 10th!

Extended Call for Short Videos for Round #2 of Greenroofs.com’s 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture!

Do you already have or would you like to create an original, under 10-minute video (NOT overtly self-promotional) about: a project you’re working on (or a recently completed one), a short tour you just did, a revolutionary idea, or simply commentary?

Who?

If you’d like to share your experience with our green infrastructure community, the Call for Short Videos is for you!  And as an attendee, you’ll also be supporting our work.

Extended Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Because the internet is open to the world (in theory, of course), with the Virtual Summits people from across the globe can not only watch expert subject matter videos, but have everyone watch theirs, too.

What?

Most noteworthy, we’ll be featuring new under 10 minute videos from our 2017 Virtual Summit attendees – along with our stellar cast of Keynotes and Speaker videos from Round #1.

Where?

Extended Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Completely held online at virtual.greenroofs.com.

When?

October 10, 2017:  New Extended Deadline for sending in the short videos.

October 16:  Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 will be open, and like Round #1 will run through the end of the year.

Mid-November:  New global social media events start, and once again will be Free and Open to Everyone!

Why a Round #2?

First of all, the potential for readership/audience engagement in our online Virtual Summits is huge – endless, really.  And, participating in the Virtual Summit 2017 is a smart way to promote yourself:

Get your bio included on the Speakers page along with your short video on the Agenda.

How?

Send us a current video (within one year or so) or get out your cameras or smart phones and film!  To participate you must be a registered attendee – if you’re not yet, we’re offering special discounted pricing of half off the regular price of $49 to get your cameras rolling:

Discounted Registration Fee: $25

Extended Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Video Specifics:

  • Must be a completed video under 10 minutes in any film format.
  • After registering, send us: your photo, 2-3 line bio including any of your social media links you’d like to add to your profile, video title and short description, and a photo/screenshot of your video to: linda@greenroofs.com.
  • How to send us your finished video:

1. Share or Transfer your files via any of the available tools online (i.e. Dropbox, Hightail, WeTransfer, etc.) that you are currently using.

2. Use this link to upload your files to us: https://www.dropbox.com/request/EhU2RqJptdp4L4zupao6

Register, Contribute, & Support Our Work, Too

Thank you to our awesome Sponsors and Exhibitors, especially rooflite®!

Extended Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

NOTE: Sponsorships are Exhibitor Pages ongoing and available through the end of December.  Interested in supporting our work?  Contact us at: aramis@greenroofs.com.

More Info

Follow all the event updates using #virtualsummit2017 on Twitter.  The next Virtual Summit will be held in two years, so we hope to add your voice to our exclusive online production and watch some of your work now!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

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 October 10  ~ Round #2 starts on October 16!

 

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2: Call for Short Videos

August 29, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Call for Short Videos for Round #2 of Greenroofs.com’s 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture!

Do you have or would you like to create an original, under 10-minute video (NOT overtly self-promotional) about: a project you’re working on (or a recently completed one), a short tour you just did, a revolutionary idea, or simply commentary?

Who?

If you’d like to share your experience with our green infrastructure community, the Call for Short Videos is for you!  And as an attendee, you’ll also be supporting our work.

Because the internet is open to the world (in theory, of course), with the Virtual Summits people from across the globe can not only watch expert subject matter videos, but have everyone watch theirs, too.

What?

Most noteworthy, we’ll be featuring new under 10 minute videos from our 2017 Virtual Summit attendees – along with our stellar cast of Keynotes and Speaker videos from Round #1.

Where?

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Completely held online at virtual.greenroofs.com.

When?

September 29, 2017:  Deadline for sending in the short videos.

October 16:  Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 will be open, and like Round #1 will run through the end of the year.

Mid-November:  New global social media events start, and once again will be Free and Open to Everyone!

Why a Round #2?

First of all, the potential for readership/audience engagement in our online Virtual Summits is huge – endless, really.  And, participating in the Virtual Summit 2017 is a smart way to promote yourself:

Get your bio included on the Speakers page along with your short video on the Agenda.

How?

Send us a current video (within one year or so) or get out your cameras or smart phones and film!  To participate you must be a registered attendee – if you’re not yet, we’re offering special discounted pricing of half off the regular price of $49 to get your cameras rolling:

Discounted Registration Fee: $25

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Internet Trends

People still enjoy watching the longer videos from their favorite speakers and attention-grabbing or important subjects.  Yet, due to the trend towards shorter videos – anywhere from 1 to 5, perhaps up to 10 minutes long, this is your chance to get noticed.

We have an opportunity to attract more viewers to the Virtual Summit 2017 and You can receive name recognition since Millennials and Baby Boomers alike are responding to quicker messages and visuals.

Most of all, people use Social Media for networking!  Our Virtual Summits are not only to share information and inspire others, but a tool to engage fellow living architecture colleagues.  Stay tuned for more live events in November.

Subject Examples to Share:

  • You or your firm/organization is working on (or finished) a really cool project that you have short film of – or create a new one (cannot be product-oriented, it would need to be project-oriented) – it’s fine to be a little self-promotional!
  • You’re fascinated with a particular plant or plant community for living roofs or walls.
  • You’ve always wanted to interview that special someone.
  • Your own related conference/workshop/seminar is coming up – tell us about it.
  • You have a new book coming out (yes, a little commercial, but informational as well).
  • Within the not-so-distant past you went on a fantastic greenroof or wall tour and want to share your footage.
  • As a researcher or student you may have recently spent a lot time (and money) creating a poster board for a conference or class – share it with like-minded people.
  • Professors and teachers: you could get your entire class to create a video of snippets from each student.
  • You have an idea for the public good or our planet as a whole.
  • You’re working on a new product that could revolutionize the industry.*

*Too self-promotional?

All attendees can create and share their under 10-minute videos, subject to appropriate matter to be determined by Greenroofs.com.

NOTE:  The Round #2 videos are not meant to be overtly commercial (no product endorsements, please) – if this is the case, you may want to consider exhibiting at the Expo at a very low cost: $400 for Greenroofs.com advertisers/$500 for non-advertisers.

Video Specifics:

  • Must be a completed video under 10 minutes in any film format.
  • After registering, send us: your photo, 2-3 line bio including any of your social media links you’d like to add to your profile, video title and short description, and a photo/screenshot of your video to: linda@greenroofs.com.
  • How to send us your finished video:

1. Share or Transfer your files via any of the available tools online (i.e. Dropbox, Hightail, WeTransfer, etc.) that you are currently using.

2. Use this link to upload your files to us: https://www.dropbox.com/request/EhU2RqJptdp4L4zupao6

More Reasons to Attend the Virtual Summit 2017: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture

  • To begin with, watch long, short, and in between videos at your leisure at the convenience of your phone, tablet, laptop, computer, or on any streaming device.
  • Don’t miss outstanding videos from our inspiring Virtual Summit 2017 Keynotes:

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Here are just a few of the engaging video speakers from Round #1:

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

See all of our wonderful presenters on the Speakers page.

  • Connect or re-connect with thought leaders, visionaries, and colleagues near and far across the globe.
  • Don’t forget the awesome Continuing Education Credits!  Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American green roof industry association, is offering credits for the GRP, Green Roof Professional, up to a total of 10 CEUs.Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos
  • Finally, discounted fees are being offered to attendees who participate in the Call for Short Under 10-Minute Videos!

Support Our Work, Too

Thank you to our awesome Sponsors and Exhibitors, especially rooflite®!

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

NOTE: Sponsorships are ongoing and available through the end of December.  Interested in supporting our work?  Contact us at: aramis@greenroofs.com.

It’s time to jump back in and join Greenroofs.com online for our unique 2017 Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit: Connecting the Planet + Living Architecture.

Follow all the event updates using #virtualsummit2017 on Twitter.  The next Virtual Summit will be held in two years, so we hope to add your voice to our exclusive online production and watch some of your work now!

Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

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 29 ~ Round #2 starts on October 16!

Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit 2017 Round #2 Call Short Videos

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Challenges New York to Become Number #1 for Green Roofs and Walls in North America

October 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Have you seen this challenge from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities yet?  Sounds like they’re throwing down the gauntlet for the City of New York to step up their greening efforts!

New York is already a city with many, many living architecture projects – in fact, we highlighted this fantastic metropolis in our Greenroofs.com 2014 Top 10 List of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design in the #3 category: The Green Apple: New York City

But GRHC believes the city that never sleeps can do better!  Read on from their recent News Release:

Building 3 Million square feet of Green Roofs in New York yields over $95 million in public benefits over a 25 year period including over 4,000 new jobs in construction and maintenance!

New York, NY – Tuesday September 29, 2015 – With just one week to go before 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference Oct. 5-8, 2015 in Brooklyn, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the green roof and wall industry association issued a challenge to New York today, calling upon them to work together to implement more than 3 million square feet of green roof each year starting in 2016. www.citiesalive.org

“New York City is in fifth place for the number of green roofs installed after much smaller cities like Washington, Chicago and Philadelphia. We are issuing a challenge to New York policy makers, developers, designers and building owners to contribute to the goal of 1 billion square feet of green roofs installed in North America by 2022 – that amounts to just over 3 million square feet installed each year!” said Steven W. Peck, GRP, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

GRHC-2015Top10Cities

Source: GRHC 2015, Annual Market Survey

“New York has incredible potential to improve the quality of life in the city by utilizing the miles and miles of rooftops to provide amenity spaces to recreate, grow food and get in touch with nature,” said Mark Morrison, CitiesAlive Conference Co-Chair and Principal, MKM Landscape Architects. “With the right types of policies in place, many building owners would leap at the opportunity to turn their barren rooftops and walls into a private or public oasis,” he added.

While important progress has been made in New York, there is considerable room to utilize green roofs and walls to fight climate change, create jobs and improve equity and social justice across the Five Boroughs. For example, industry leaders in New York have been calling on local and state policy makers to:

  • double the $5.23 per square foot tax abatement for green roofs,
  • remove bureaucratic barriers to implementation,
  • expand the existing Department of Environment’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program,
  • change the City’s stormwater detention standard to a retention standard, and
  • make changes to the building code so all new buildings have the loading capacity for green roof installations.

“We are at a critical juncture as a city, with rents increasing faster than wages; environmental catastrophes such as floods threatening the city’s livelihood; high rates of asthma, obesity and hunger; and increasing divisions between the haves and have-nots. The benefits of green infrastructure to New York City are well documented: green infrastructure reduces energy demand, mitigates flooding, improves housing quality, air quality and public health and supports urban agriculture. For New Yorkers, the choice is ours whether we embrace green infrastructure as a critical solution to our environmental and societal challenges, or whether this technology remains underutilized,” said Rob Crauderueff, Co-Chair of CitiesAlive Legacy Committee and CEO of Crauderueff & Associates.

The Green Infrastructure Design Charrette in Harlem on Thursday, October 8 will bring together local and international designers to help to demonstrate the potential of deep green design and implementation in a 10 block area of central Harlem. The designers will focus on how many jobs can be created, for example, through the use of roofs for food production on buildings owned by the Canaan Baptist Church, a partner in the Charrette.

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Source: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, 2015

See the full list of 2015 CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference speakers and activities, and register now at www.citiesalive.org.

CitiesAlive2015-NYC

Perhaps the Big Apple will eventually be known as the Big Green Apple, but regardless, we send kudos to all of the New York City city officials, designers, developers, and researchers who have done so wonderfully so far!

See you in a few days in Brooklyn?

~ Linda V.