Green Roofs for the West, Denver Botanic Gardens

June 16, 2009

Denver Botanic Gardens' Green Roof  Credit: Scott Dressel-Martin

Denver Botanic Gardens' Green Roof Credit: Scott Dressel-Martin

The first annual Green Roofs for the West Symposium will take place this Thursday, June 18th at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado.  Co-hosted by the Gardens, U.S. Green Building Council and Colorado State University, the Symposium will spotlight the innovative ways green roofs are leading us to a future of more sustainable cities.  Leading green roof experts and designers include Edmond Snodgrass, co-author of “Green Roof Plants;” Tom Liptan, pioneer of the innovative green roof program in Portland, Ore.; and Charlie Miller, principal of Roofscapes Inc. will cover the benefits of green roofs, green roof design and making the business case for green roofs. The Gardens’ nationally recognized Senior Curator and Director of Outreach Panayoti Kelaidis will speak on choosing plants for green roof use. The Gardens’ own green roof, which showcases more than 50 species and varieties of drought-tolerant plants, will be open throughout the day for tours. “This conference will revolutionize the way Coloradans view green roofs, and prove that they are a viable and integral component of sustainable development in the arid West,” says Deb Kleinman, executive director of the Colorado chapter of U.S. Green Build Council.


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