GrowWest.org: Finally the Desert has Hope for Roof Greening!

A big thanks to Karla Dakin for sending us the below information about a this event!

JUST ANNOUNCED!!
We are proud to announce that the Colorado chapter of the USGBC is offering 6 continuing education credits for GBCI’s Credential Maintenance Program for LEED Professionals for full day attendance at the conference.
As an approved USGBC Education Provider, USGBC Colorado is excited to offer a total of 6 Continuing Education (CE) Hours through GBCI’s Credential Maintenance Program at the Green Roofs for the West Symposium. If you are a LEED Professional enrolled in CMP, please pick up a tracking form at registration and record the name of each session you attend during the symposium. When you are finished with all of your sessions (please write each session you attend on form), take your form to the registration desk. A certificate of attendance will be sent to you via email. You must self-report your CE hours through ‘My Credentials’ at www.gbci.org. Please note that the 6 CE hrs available at Green Roofs for the West are all general CE hours, none of them are LEED specific.
http://www.growwest.org Colorado Chapter of USGBC

Click Here to download a flyer on the event.

We are excited to welcome this year’s Grow West Symposium speakers:

•John Greenlee, owner of Greenlee Nursery and author of The American Meadow Garden
•Claudia Harari, Principal, Harari Arquitectos, Mexico
•Jeffrey Bruce, landscape architect, Kansas City; project manager of Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago and TWA building in Kansas City
•Nigel Dunnett, co-author of Planting Green Roofs and Living Walls and director of the graduate research school at the University of Sheffield
•Susan Weiler, FASLA, Partner at the Landscape Architecture Firm, Olin Studio
•Mark Fusco, Leila Tolderlund, Lisa Lee Benjamin, Karla Dakin, Andy Creath – Regional Case Studies

This year’s host and M.C. is Panayoti Kelaidis, Curator of Plant Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Mission:
GROWWEST fosters regional dialogue for encouraging green roof policy; forwarding the design, construction and performance of green roofs in Colorado; and brings together parties united for the green roof cause.

As a grass roots organization, it is Growwest’s goal to convince the public and politicians that government policies favoring green roofs are good for the environment and the bottom line.
Green roofs are an integral component of sustainable development in the arid West.

‘Green Roofs for the West’ Symposium
Thursday, June 17, 2010
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Register now.

This forward-thinking and informative event – co-hosted by the Gardens, U.S. Green Building Council and Colorado State University – will spotlight the innovative ways green roofs are leading us to a future of more sustainable cities in the challenging climate of the West. The symposium will feature a full day of in-depth sessions, presented by leading green roof experts and designers from across the U.S. and around the world. The event also delves beneath the surface to inform professionals about green roof viability and implications in the West, and lay the groundwork to influence policy in Denver and the Intermountain West. More information on speakers and registration will be posted in the coming months – stay tuned! Registration is limited, so sign up early. Before June 1: $100; after June 1: $125. $30 for students with valid ID. Includes continental breakfast, box lunch and beverages.

Denver Botanic Gardens, an urban oasis, is an ideal setting for a green roof symposium. Many of our collections represent hardy, drought tolerant plants well adapted to green roof applications. The Gardens’ own green roof, installed in November 2007, serves as a test site for a new palette of plants for green roofs in the American west. The green roof will be open throughout the day for tours.

What is Green Roofing?
Basically, greenroofs are vegetated roof covers, with growing media and plants taking the place of bare membrane, gravel ballast, shingles or tiles. The number of layers and the layer placement vary from system to system and greenroof type, but at the very least all greenroofs include a single to multi-ply waterproofing layer, drainage, growing media and the plants, covering the entire roof deck surface. There are two main types of greenroofs – extensive or intensive – although a greenroof is often designed with features of both and then are referred to as either semi-extensive or semi-intensive.

Resources:
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities www.greenroofs.orgUS Green Buildling Council www.usgbccolorado.com
GreenRoofs.com www.greenroofs.com
Green Print Denver www.greenprintdenver.org