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February 2023

February 2023 Newsletter
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Why Don’t City Buildings Have More Green Roofs?

According to the Climate Reality Project, in 2022 extreme weather exacerbated by climate change resulted in more than $165 BILLION in damages in the US alone. We all know that green roofs offer a wide range of benefits, including reducing urban heat island effects, improving air quality, and providing habitat for wildlife – not to mention all of the other environmental and economic advantages. Despite these, many city buildings do not (yet) have green roofs. We have work to do and believe that partnerships are the key.

Certain cities and our living architecture community continue to lead the way in promoting, educating, and building living roofs across the world. Case in point: the wonderful 2.5 acre
The Perch at Capital One Center, our current Featured Project. Capital One worked closely with the Fairfax County Park Authority to allocate half of its park to be open to the public. Kudos to Capital One for their corporate ecological design commitment and to Columbia Green Technologies for establishing a beautiful skypark constructed of sustainable materials.

During National Black History Month, the White House states, “
We celebrate the legacy of Black Americans whose power to lead, to overcome, and to expand the meaning and practice of American democracy has helped our Nation become a more fair and just society." We know that our poorer, underserved urban communities are more likely to suffer from health issues relative to the heat, lack of fresh local produce, air and water quality, among other factors. The Biden-Harris Administration is working to address centuries of neglected infrastructure in Black American communities as well as many other underprivileged areas. We hope that green roofs on sustainably built low-income housing are part of the plan!

In honor of National Black History Month, we would like to spotlight three particularly active Black innovators and designers: The Ghanaian-British architect
Sir David Adjaye, lead designer for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and two US-based non-profits. Adjaye Associates “strives for an architecture that enriches daily life and meets the diverse needs of the communities we serve from the intimate to the expansive." The Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN) supports Black landscape architecture students and professionals, and the Chicago-based Blacks in Green, who serve as a bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of green, self-sustaining, mixed-income, walkable villages in communities owned and populated by African Americans.

Finally, have you registered for the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ Blue-Green Symposium tomorrow from 12-5 EST? You’ll hear from experts at
LiveRoof, Columbia Green Technologies, Next Level Stormwater Management, and Wavin North America. Learn how to plan and design efficient blue-green systems to mitigate the effects of urbanization and the economic justifications to invest in blue-green technologies. YouTube Channel

Featured Events

GRHC: Blue-Green Virtual Symposium – Technologies For Managing Stormwater
GRHC: Blue-Green Virtual Symposium – Technologies For Managing Stormwater
February 23 @ 12:00-5:00 pm EST, Online
Blue-Green Infrastructure projects are gaining popularity due to their effectiveness in mitigating urban flooding while also addressing a number of other challenges including biodiversity, urban heat island, air quality and more!
Featuring presentations from: Andrea Saven, PLA, GRP – Technical Director of Columbia Green Technologies, Anna Droz, Ph.D – Strategic Educator, LiveRoof and Karen Liu, Ph.D – Green Roof Specialist, Next Level Stormwater Management.

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Electronic Leak Detection Testing, Standards, Science and Practical Applications – Webinar Electronic Leak Detection Testing, Standards, Science and Practical Applications – Webinar
February 28 @ 2:00-3:00 pm EST, Online

Join Detec Systems for this course that will cover Electronic Leak Detection (ELD) testing methods used for quality assurance of roofing & waterproofing membranes. Participants will learn about the principles outlined in the ASTM Standard Guide D7877 and ASTM Standard Practice D8231 and will be able to identify which assemblies are compatible with electronic testing and active monitoring.
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IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show 2023
IIBEC International Convention & Trade Show 2023
March 3-6, Houston, TX, USA
IIBEC’s premier annual event features hours of live, in-person educational seminars, a two-day trade show, and live product demonstrations. This event will be of interest to roofing, waterproofing, exterior wall consultants, architects, engineers, facility managers, developers, property owners/managers, construction managers, & more.
Don’t miss exhibits by: American Hydrotech, Carlisle Syntec Systems, Soprema, and Detec Systems.
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International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2023
International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2023
March 7-9, Dallas, TX
The International Roofing Expo is the premier event for exhibitions and education for the roofing and exterior construction industries. The IRE brings the professional community together to help them stay current on trending knowledge and to see the largest selection of products and services. Their goal is to help professionals improve their business through education, exhibitions, and networking.
Don’t miss exhibits by Carlisle Syntec Systems, Sika Corporation (American Hydrotech), Bison Innovative Products and Detec Systems.
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New York Build 2023
New York Build 2023
March 8-9, New York, USA
New York Build 2023, the largest construction and design show for New York and the Tri-state area is set for the biggest edition yet at the Javits Center. This award-winning show is officially supported by the State of New York, and covers major construction opportunities in residential, commercial and infrastructure.
Don’t miss the exhibit by Chatfield Green Roofing.
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