Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rooftops come alive

"Living roofs" are sprouting up around the country, along with businesses providing associated products and services.


* Green roof systems : a guide to the planning, design, and construction of landscapes over structure

* Green roof plants : a resource and planting guide

* Ken Smith, landscape architect : urban projects  [includes: The Museum of Modern Art, roof garden]

* Green roofs : ecological design and construction

* Groundswell : constructing the contemporary landscape  [includes: The Museum of Modern Art roof garden, New York]

* Sky gardens : rooftops, balconies, and terraces

* Roof gardens : history, design, and construction

* Eco-pioneers : practical visionaries solving today’s environmental problems  [includes: Urban rooftop agriculture] > online e-book

* World of environmental design  [includes: v.4 Roof gardens]

* Apartment farmer : the hassle-free way to grow vegetables indoors, on balconies, patios, roofs, and in small yards

Conference proceedings:

* Low impact development : new and continuing applications : 2nd National Low Impact Development Conference, March 12-14, 2007, Wilmington, NC  [includes: Using Green Roofs and Other BMPs to Reduce the Need for Stormwater Retention Capacity Requirements -- Selecting the Proper Components for a Green Roof Growing Media -- Evaluating a Spreadsheet Model to Predict Green Roof Stormwater Management -- Selecting a Green Roof Media to Minimize Pollutant Loadings in Roof Runoff]

* Low impact development for urban ecosystem and habitat protection : International Low Impact Development Conference, November 16-19, 2008, Seattle, WA  [includes: A Laboratory Comparison of Green-Roof Runoff Water Quality -- A Study of Green Roof Hydrologic Performance in the Cascadia Region -- Early-Life Roof Runoff Quality: Green vs. Traditional Roofs -- Flow Monitoring of Three Ecoroofs in Portland, Oregon -- The Stormwater Control Potential of Green Roofs in Seattle -- Green Envelopes: Contribution of Green Roofs, Green Facades and Green Streets to Reducing Stormwater Runoff, CO2 Emissions and Energy Demand in Cities -- A Deterministic Lumped Dynamic Green Roof Model -- Quantifying Evapotranspiration Rates for New Zealand Green Roofs -- Cost-Benefit Evaluation of Ecoroofs] 

* World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2009 : great rivers : May 17-21, 2009, Kansas City, MO  [includes: Monitoring the Hydrologic Effects of an Extensive Green Roof -- Rainwater Harvesting for Non-Potable Use in Gardens: A Comparison of Runoff Water Quality from Green vs. Traditional Roofs -- The Lawrence Technological University Greenroof Performance Evaluation Project -- McCormick Place West Hall Conference Center Stormwater Reclamation Tunnel and "Green Roof" Helps Advance Chicago’s Clean Water Agenda] 

* GeoCongress 2008 : geosustainability and geohazard mitigation : March 9-12, 2008, New Orleans, LA  [includes: Design of an Instrumented Model Green Roof Experiment] 

* World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008 : AhupuaŹ»a : May 12-16, 2008, Honolulu, HI  [includes: Green Roofs : A BMP for Urban Stormwater Quality? -- A Water Quality Assessment of Two Green Roof Stormwater Treatment Systems] 

* World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2007 : restoring our natural habitat : May 15-19, 2007, Tampa, FL  [includes: Selecting a Green Roof Medium for Water Quality Benefits -- An Assessment of Green Roof Stormwater Treatment Systems for Stormwater Volume Reduction]

* Geosynthetics research and development in progress : Geo-Frontiers 2005 Congress, January 24-26, 2005, Austin, TX  [includes: State of the Green Roof Industry in the United States]

* Managing watersheds for human and natural impacts : engineering, ecological, and economic challenges : Watershed 2005, July 19-22, 2005, Williamsburg, VA  [includes: Green Roof Hydrologic and Water Quality Performance from Two Field Sites in North Carolina]

* World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2003 : June 23-26, 2003, Philadelphia, PA  [includes: Stormwater Detention and Retention Abilities of Green Roofs -- A North Carolina Field Study to Evaluate Greenroof Runoff Quantity, Runoff Quality, and Plant Growth]

Government documents:

* Vegetated roof cover : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

* Design e² : the economies of being environmentally conscious  ["The third program, The green machine, follows Mayor Richard M. Daley as he strives to make Chicago "the greenest city in America" with numerous LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified buildings, a solar-powered public transportation system, and many green roofs, including one on Chicago’s City Hall."]

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