Soften the Environmental Blow With a Green Roof!

As a follow-up to Chrys Stewart’s post I just re-blogged, I want to reblog another, related post I wrote back in 2011 on my other blog, The Creative Flux. (Wow – hard to believe I have been blogging that long – it’s been a fun ride!!!) Anyway, most of the info it covers is still both current and relevant, except that the City of Portland no longer offers incentives for installing a green roof. So don’t worry about following that link. Really people – we need more green roofs…

The Creative Flux

Ever since I attended an architectural product luncheon back in 1993, where a Swiss rep was showing his wares – various sizes of the plastic, egg crate-looking modules holding the planting medium used to create planted roofs – and lauding their inherent benefits, I have been wondering why green roofs did not instantly rise to their deserved superstar status in the building world. By no means a novel idea, it seems the acknowledged benefits of green roofs are finally entering a well deserved renaissance, even though it has yet to turn into the kind of sweeping rage that solar panels are enjoying. A visit to the Oregon Convention Center for the recent Green Roof Expo yielded an abundance of green roof approaches, and a plethora of options – products, plants and philosophies. Maybe we’re nearing the point when the world will see the light? Green roofs are too cool to…

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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2 Responses to Soften the Environmental Blow With a Green Roof!

  1. Kris P says:

    If I ever get to build a garden shed, it’s going to have a green roof!

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