Denver’s rooftops are going green: What does it mean?
Green roof expert Leila Tolderlund, Assistant Professor (CTT) and Associate Chair of the landscape Architecture Department at CAP, UCD and CU on the Air host and University of Colorado V.P. of Communications Ken McConnellogue chats about the future of green roofs.
When: April 2nd 2018
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On November 2017, fifty-four percent of Denver voters passed the green roof initiative (I-300), requiring rooftop gardens for new buildings with at least 25,000 square feet of gross floor area, and for roof replacement on existing buildings.
This podcast answers a lot of questions related to I-300, Denver’s new Green Roof Ordinance:
What exactly constitutes a green roof?
Some examples of green roofs in Denver.
What are some of the benefits overall?
How can Denver maintain a green roof in its arid climate?
What plants work best here?
Will this help people grow food in the cities?
What will it mean to have green roofs in Denver’s extreme freeze/thaw climate?
What is the urban heat island affect?
How can solar panels and green roofs work together?
How much space do they require?
How expensive are they and who will shoulder the expense?
Will there be any building incentives to offset cost?
What are some of the maintenance needs?
Thanks to: Cathy Beuten for all her help and coordination.
Podcast can be accessed at: http://cuontheair.blubrry.net/2018/04/02/denvers-rooftops-are-going-green-what-does-it-mean/
Image: (photo credit: by Leila Tolderlund)
Green roof expert Leila Tolderlund, Assistant Professor (CTT) and Associate Chair of the landscape Architecture Department at CAP, UCD and CU on the Air host and University of Colorado V.P. of Communications Ken McConnellogue.
Other relevant links:
Design Guidelines for Green Roofs in Semi-arid Climates (EPA):
Denver Green Roof Initiative: http://www.denvergreenroof.org/
City of Denver’s Green Roof Initiative: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-development-services/commercial-projects/green-roof-initiative.html