Known as “The Rose City” for its famous yearly Rose Festival and The Grand Floral Parade in early June, Portland Oregon could also be easily known as “The Eco City” or perhaps even “The Green City” because of their ongoing commitment to preserving their magnificent waterways and forests while promoting sustainable design and development through progressive urban policies and public outreach. The last time we were there was for the 2nd Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards & Trade Show in 2004. And we spent some time here in late 2003 when I was compiling info for my Sky Gardens ~ Travels in Landscape Architecture column on the area. Such a beautiful city!
On March 12-13, the lovely City of Portland will be sponsor and host to their annual free Ecoroof Portland. What an amazing city for supporting greenroofs – or ecoroofs, as they refer to them here. Currently with about 200 projects within the city, ecoroofs cover about 10 acres, leading the U.S. in total area greened after Chicago. And they were one of the first, if not the first, municipality in the nation to offer incentives. As part of the Grey to Green Initiative, the City of Portland is offering an incentive of up to $5 per square foot for ecoroofs towards a target of 43 additional acres by 2013. In the past year, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) awarded the incentive to 50 projects for a total of over 4 acres. Read more in Industry Support and the City’s Incentive Project Page for more information. You can visit ecoroofs and other sustainable stormwater projects in Portland with these self-guided tours, and the City maintains an Ecoroof Blog, which is very informative, too!
The premier champion there of stormwater mitigation, and ecoroofs in particular, is Tom Liptan, ASLA. I’ve known Tom for over 12 years, when I first contacted him about greenroofs back when I was a landscape architecture student at UGA a had “discovered” them myself. Gracious, kind, and accommodating, he nurtured and fueled my passion for this earth-friendly sustainable technology. And Tom has always put his money where his mouth is – he installed one of the first ecoroofs in Portland atop his garage in 1996. The now famous Liptan Garage Greenroof served as early a demonstration project and testing grounds for a variety of factors – read more in the profile.
Designed to inform a varied audience of professionals and homeowners, the lineup of speakers will educate and inspire you to consider a greenroof on your next project. A Vendor Fair with over 60 professionals and organizations will be on-hand both days to share their ecoroof experience, products, and services. Featured speakers include Dr. David J. Sailor, Ed Snodgrass, and me! Dr. Sailor is a full professor at the Mechanical and Materials Engineering faculty at Portland State University, Member Faculty of the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST), and directs Portland State University’s Green Building Research Laboratory. Ed Snodgrass is co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms/Green Roof Plants, a fifth generation farmer and nurseryman specializing in plants and horticultural consulting for greenroofs. An accomplished speaker and writer (“Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide“), he’s also our Plant Editor who writes his occasional column “Ask Ed” – read my “From Llamas to Greenroofs: An Interview with Ed Snodgrass.” See full profiles here and a complete list of all the speakers and Agenda here.
See Ed on Friday at 12:00 pm at the Welcome and Keynote Address where Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott will welcome attendees and introduce Ed as the Keynote Speaker. His presentation will focus on the role of ecoroofs in sustainable cities. On Saturday at noon, Commissioner Dan Saltzman will welcome attendees and introduce me – I will be presenting “Hot Trends in Greenroof Design,” a compilation of my favorite international projects from our Top 10 Lists from the past with a look at some of the new, innovative, leading vanguard and projects for 2010. On Saturday at 4:00 pm Ed will be part of a panel where you can get some help getting started on your own ecoroof project – “The Ecoroof Doctors are IN,” along with Tom Liptan, David Elkin, and Alice Meyers from BES, and Patrick Carey of hadj design, a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities trainer, and our Architecture Editor. Patrick writes an occasional architectural column entitled “A View from the Sky Trenches,” where he selects and discusses pertinent greenroof industry topics.
Don’t miss Ecoroof Portland! It will run on Friday and Saturday, March 12 & 13, 2010 at the Leftbank Annex, located at 101 N. Weidler St in downtown Portland. It’s very close to the Rose Quarter – you can find directions by clicking the following link. Learn all about Ecoroof Portland 2010 at the City’s BES website.
If you can attend, please stop by and say hello! Happy greening,
~ Linda V.